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Rescued Australian sheep freed from wool weighing 78 pounds

Baarack the sheep is seen before his thick wool was shorn in Lancefield, Victoria, Australia February 5, 2021. The wild and ailing sheep found in a forest in Australia, named Baarack by rescuers, has yielded a fleece nearly half the weight of an adult kangaroo after being shorn for the first time in many a year.

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Baarack the sheep is seen before his thick wool was shorn in Lancefield, Victoria, Australia February 5, 2021. The wild and ailing sheep found in a forest in Australia, named Baarack by rescuers, has yielded a fleece nearly half the weight of an...more

Baarack the sheep is seen before his thick wool was shorn in Lancefield, Victoria, Australia February 5, 2021. The wild and ailing sheep found in a forest in Australia, named Baarack by rescuers, has yielded a fleece nearly half the weight of an adult kangaroo after being shorn for the first time in many a year. Edgar's Mission Inc/Handout via REUTERS
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The sanctuary workers said they sheared 78 pounds (35.4 kilos) of wool from the creature. "Beneath that convoluted moving mass of matted fleece, adorned with countless sticks, twigs and insects ... was not Australia's answer to the yeti - but a sheep," volunteers wrote in a Facebook post.

Edgar's Mission Inc/Handout via REUTERS

The sanctuary workers said they sheared 78 pounds (35.4 kilos) of wool from the creature. "Beneath that convoluted moving mass of matted fleece, adorned with countless sticks, twigs and insects ... was not Australia's answer to the yeti - but a...more

The sanctuary workers said they sheared 78 pounds (35.4 kilos) of wool from the creature. "Beneath that convoluted moving mass of matted fleece, adorned with countless sticks, twigs and insects ... was not Australia's answer to the yeti - but a sheep," volunteers wrote in a Facebook post. Edgar's Mission Inc/Handout via REUTERS
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The sheep was found by a member of the public who contacted the Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary near Lancefield, Victoria, about 60 kilometers north of Melbourne, according to the Mission's Kyle Behrend. "It would appear Baarack was once an owned sheep," said Behrend, "he had at one time been ear-tagged, however these appear to have been torn out by the thick matted fleece around his face.

Edgar's Mission Inc/Handout via REUTERS

The sheep was found by a member of the public who contacted the Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary near Lancefield, Victoria, about 60 kilometers north of Melbourne, according to the Mission's Kyle Behrend. "It would appear Baarack was once an owned...more

The sheep was found by a member of the public who contacted the Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary near Lancefield, Victoria, about 60 kilometers north of Melbourne, according to the Mission's Kyle Behrend. "It would appear Baarack was once an owned sheep," said Behrend, "he had at one time been ear-tagged, however these appear to have been torn out by the thick matted fleece around his face. Edgar's Mission Inc/Handout via REUTERS
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"Sheep need to be shorn at least annually otherwise the fleece continues to grow and grow, as happened here," said Behrend. After his much-needed shearing, Behrend said Baarack's fleece weighed in at 35.4 kilograms.

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"Sheep need to be shorn at least annually otherwise the fleece continues to grow and grow, as happened here," said Behrend. After his much-needed shearing, Behrend said Baarack's fleece weighed in at 35.4 kilograms. Edgar's Mission Inc/Handout via...more

"Sheep need to be shorn at least annually otherwise the fleece continues to grow and grow, as happened here," said Behrend. After his much-needed shearing, Behrend said Baarack's fleece weighed in at 35.4 kilograms. Edgar's Mission Inc/Handout via REUTERS
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"Whilst his hooves were in great condition from running over the rocks in the forest, he was in a bit of a bad way. He was underweight, and due to all of the wool around his face he could barely see."

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"Whilst his hooves were in great condition from running over the rocks in the forest, he was in a bit of a bad way. He was underweight, and due to all of the wool around his face he could barely see." Edgar's Mission Inc/Handout via REUTERS

"Whilst his hooves were in great condition from running over the rocks in the forest, he was in a bit of a bad way. He was underweight, and due to all of the wool around his face he could barely see." Edgar's Mission Inc/Handout via REUTERS
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"And although a few shearing nicks now mark his thin body, along with an ulcer, the legacy of his once wool-blind state, all of which will heal, Baarack can now see the world more clearly," volunteers wrote on Facebook.

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"And although a few shearing nicks now mark his thin body, along with an ulcer, the legacy of his once wool-blind state, all of which will heal, Baarack can now see the world more clearly," volunteers wrote on Facebook. Edgar's Mission Inc/Handout...more

"And although a few shearing nicks now mark his thin body, along with an ulcer, the legacy of his once wool-blind state, all of which will heal, Baarack can now see the world more clearly," volunteers wrote on Facebook. Edgar's Mission Inc/Handout via REUTERS
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Baarack is now settling in with other rescued sheep at Edgar's Mission, Behrend said, adding it "all goes to show what incredibly resilient and brave animals sheep really are and we could not love them any more if we tried."

Edgar's Mission Inc/Handout via REUTERS

Baarack is now settling in with other rescued sheep at Edgar's Mission, Behrend said, adding it "all goes to show what incredibly resilient and brave animals sheep really are and we could not love them any more if we tried." Edgar's Mission...more

Baarack is now settling in with other rescued sheep at Edgar's Mission, Behrend said, adding it "all goes to show what incredibly resilient and brave animals sheep really are and we could not love them any more if we tried." Edgar's Mission Inc/Handout via REUTERS
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Baarack is seen before his thick wool was shorn. Edgar's Mission Inc/Handout via REUTERS

Baarack is seen before his thick wool was shorn. Edgar's Mission Inc/Handout via REUTERS

Baarack is seen before his thick wool was shorn. Edgar's Mission Inc/Handout via REUTERS
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Baarack is pictured after his thick wool was shorn. Edgar's Mission Inc/Handout via REUTERS

Baarack is pictured after his thick wool was shorn. Edgar's Mission Inc/Handout via REUTERS

Baarack is pictured after his thick wool was shorn. Edgar's Mission Inc/Handout via REUTERS
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