New Zealand is today mourning the death of Shrek, a celebrity sheep who was considered to be the woolliest in the world.
Why was he so famous? Seventeen-year-old Shrek rose to fame in 2004 after he evaded the annual sheep shearing round-ups for five years by hiding in caves on his farm on New Zealand’s South Island. When he was found, he was carrying over 60 pounds of wool.
From The Daily Mail:
The 17-year-old Merino sheep was put to sleep yesterday after a long and glamourous life that included TV shows, national tours, his own barn and a personal carer; he even made it into the pages of Playboy magazine.
In a country where sheep outnumber people by nearly 10 to one, Shrek’s story of stubbornness and guile appealed to many.
After his capture, Shrek was shorn on live TV in a broadcast which was picked up around the world and watched by millions. His story inspired three books.
‘He was quite an elderly statesman,’ said owner John Perriam.
Until becoming sick three weeks ago, Shrek toured the country, commanding huge sums of money for appearances and getting the star treatment wherever he went. In one appearance, he was shorn on top of a large iceberg which was floating near the South Island coast.
You can take a look at Shrek here:
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