So this story came across my desk, and I wanted to share it with you.
It seems that in a town outside of Melbourne, Australia, someone found a lost sheep. Not a big deal, right?
Well, that sheep had over 75 pounds of wool on its body, and needed a serious shearing.
Let me explain.
The sheep was originally part of a farm, and had possibly escaped from its pen and ran off. But here’s the thing. Farm sheep (as opposed to wild sheep) are bred with a gene that makes them produce wool. And a sheep must be sheared at least once a year – mostly for the wool, but also for the health of the sheep.
This little lost lamb was found and brought to a farm sanctuary. Although the sheep was moderately healthy, the wool had grown over his eyes, making it hard for him to see. And the weight of all that wool made it difficult for the animal to move.
Immediately sheep shearers went to work. After an hour of careful trimming and shearing, they were able to remove 35 kilograms of wool from the sheep’s body – the equivalent to 77 pounds of fiber.
Wow. 75 pounds of fiber.
Yeah, I’m not sure how many sweaters came from that sheep.
But I’m betting it would definitely fit me and ewe.