Sheep unable to walk due to overgrown fleece gets life-saving shear

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CANBERRA, Australia -- An Australian champion sheep shearer has set a new record after clipping a sheep that had become so overgrown that its life was in danger.

The gigantic sheep, now named 'Chris' could barely walk when it was found.

Shearer Ian Elkins volunteered to shear the mammoth creature after the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Australia contacted him. The sheep had to be sedated throughout the haircut.

It took 45 minutes to remove the 18-inch fleece, which weighed about 88 pounds.

It easily beat the 60-pound fleece previously shorn from a New Zealand sheep, known as 'Shrek'.

The RSPCA said sheep like Chris need to be shorn regularly. Otherwise, they can develop serious medical issues. Watch the video to see the 'after' picture of Chris!

 

Chris the sheep had 88 pounds of excess fleece

Chris the sheep had 88 pounds of excess fleece

 

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