Shrek, The World’s Woolliest Sheep, Dies At Age 17 – VIDEO

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:


Photo Credit: just chaos via Creative Commons


Marie Hernandes
Past Member 4 years ago

He was a pet otherwise he probably wouldn't of lived that long. He was cute.

Kathy Harbert
Kathy Harbert6 years ago

17 is quite old for a sheep... I don't think anyone can claim he was "abused" . He was living the life of riley.

Lynn C.
Lynn C6 years ago

Nice photos of an animal I've never seen much of before. Think the discussion topic is a bit ridiculous. You had an article of another animal (dog) who was "exploited" in the same sense as this woolly guy was. No outcry then. But then the dog loved his master and loved to do the tricks... I bet they were both happy animals...pampered, petted, fed the best and the exposure of the children to this animal was totally beneficial. Money? So what? It was given to charities and everybody won.

Tolga U.
Tolga U6 years ago


Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing this article :)

Danuta W.
Danuta W6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Loo Samantha
Loo sam6 years ago

RIP Shrek

William M.
William M.6 years ago

I live in New Zealand and can state that money raised from promotions was donated to worthy causes eg.Child Cancer victims and their care particularly Hospitals. Sick Children loved his presence when he visited them for his shearing.His owner was a true Philanthropist.William Moore

Patricia G.
Patricia G6 years ago

Rest in peace, dear friend. Love.

Danica R.
Danica R6 years ago

you know this poor thing wasnt happy with all that wool on him