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    Chris the sheep, a merino famed for once being discovered with the world's heaviest fleece, has died in Australia.

    The animal generated global attention in 2015 after being spotted in the wild carrying what was described as six years' worth of wool.

    A life-saving haircut followed, with a shearer removing 41.1kg (88lb) of fleece - later confirmed to be a world record.

    On Tuesday, his carers at a New South Wales farm said he had died of old age.

    "We are heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, wise, friendly soul," the Little Oak Sanctuary wrote online.

    Chris was thought to be aged 10 - a fairly average lifespan for a merino sheep.

    Almost deserved a place in Poly's dead pool...

  • #2
    Hot or not, Moby? Do you prefer them trimmed?
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    • #3
      I’d recommend a lamb chop recipe but honestly you don’t want to eat and older animal. The younger ones are the tenderest and juiciest. There are few things worse than seeing yellow fat and stringy meat from an older animal on your dinner plate.
      Try for discussion and debate.


      • #4
        Originally posted by Elok View Post
        Hot or not, Moby? Do you prefer them trimmed?
        I always figured he was an untrimmed au naturale sort of guy.
        Try for discussion and debate.


        • #5
          Wait, what do, err, wild sheep do about their fleece?
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          • #6
            The full article offers the answer to that question

            Talk about a close shave!
            Earlier today, a sheep named Chris got a much-needed shear that, in all probability, saved his life.

            Chris is a merino sheep, which is a special breed of sheep that are famous for producing some of the softest, finest wool in the world. And they never stop making it.

            That's where Chris got into trouble: He got lost in the wild years ago and his wool never stopped growing. So when shearers finally removed it, they collected a record-shattering 89 pounds worth of the fluffy stuff.

            Unlike wild sheep, who shed most of their wool every year, merino sheep don't periodically lose their hair. They just keep growing more wool, which is exactly what sheep farmers want.

            In the 13th and 14th centuries, Spanish sheep herders let their local sheep breed with English sheep. The result was the merino — a sheep that doesn't even qualify as a freak of nature because Mother Nature would never make such an animal. They are an evolutionary nightmare that humans made.
            It's almost as if all his overconfident, absolutist assertions were spoonfed to him by a trusted website or subreddit. Sheeple
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            • #7
              Not a good year for our woolen friends...

              Rescuers are scrambling to save thousands of sheep trapped after a large cargo ship overturned in the Black Sea off the coast of Romania.

              The Queen Hind capsized on Sunday after leaving the port of Midia, near the south-eastern city of Constanta.

              It was carrying more than 14,000 sheep. All crew members were rescued.

              An operation involving the military, police, firefighters, divers and the Romanian coastguard resumed on Monday morning after an overnight pause.

              As many as six vessels in the area initially intervened to help the emergency services, Romanian media reported.

              At least 32 sheep found swimming near the Palau-flagged ship were rescued on Sunday, but many are believed to have drowned - with thousands remaining trapped.

              "We have already saved a small number. They were swimming in the sea," Ana-Maria Stoica, spokeswoman for the emergency services in Constanta, told the BBC.

              The crew members on board - some 20 Syrian nationals - were rescued from the vessel almost immediately. One crew member was taken to hospital with hypothermia.

              "He fell into the sea but was very quickly rescued," Ms Stoica said, adding that the rest of the crew were "all safe here in the harbour".

              It is not yet known what caused the ship, which was bound for Saudi Arabia, to capsize. An investigation will be carried out when the operation to rescue any surviving sheep and salvage the vessel is concluded, authorities say.




              • #8
                Originally posted by Lorizael View Post
                Wait, what do, err, wild sheep do about their fleece?
                They didn’t grow nearly as large a fleece. Humans bred them to produce exceptionally large fleeces because we liked the wool.
                Try for discussion and debate.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by BeBro View Post
                  Not a good year for our woolen friends...
                  Imagine 14,000 sheep on a boat.

                  And Mobius has been missing for some time.

                  He must have scored a job on a sheep transport.