The Australian hiker who spotted this giant sheep must’ve been in utter disbelief.
The hiker called authorities to report the sighting, worried the sheep wouldn’t survive the summer without some assistance. Tammy Ven Dange, from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Australia, heard about the sheep and tweeted out a message in hopes of freeing the animal from its massive mound of wool.
— Tammy Ven Dange (@tvendange) September 2, 2015
The sheep, which was named Chris, could barely even walk due to its huge amount of wool. He was susceptible to skin parasites and attack by predators if he fell over and was unable to get back up.
“It’d be great to get someone here immediately so we can assess any serious medical conditions he might have as a result of this,” Ven Dange said to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “There are so many things that could go wrong with this, we won’t know though until we can properly shear him.”
Sheep-shearing is a national sport in Australia, so there were plenty of shearers capable of helping Chris. National champion Ian Elkins ultimately stepped up to the challenge and removed 89 pounds of wool after a 45-minute shearing session. Chris’s sheared coat broke the record previously set by Shrek the sheep, a New Zealand who shed 60 pounds of wool.
Now, Chris is happy and healthy without his huge load of wool. What was removed from his body will either be auctioned off or put into a local museum. Either way, it’s a happy ending to what could have been a sad story for Chris the sheep.