Sheep in Desperate Need of a Trim Loses Almost 90 Pounds of Wool

An incredibly overgrown sheep was spotted in Australia and animal welfare workers tweeted for help.

This incredibly overgrown sheep was found roaming in Canberra, Australia, and animal welfare workers were forced to call for help.

Thankfully a sheep shearer gave a helping hand and removed nearly 90 pounds of wool from the sheep.

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Tammy Ven Dange, CEO of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, called attention to the poor animal by tweeting:

We need help from a sheerer to save this big Merino or if you can at least lend us the tools. Please call @rspcaact

September 2, 2015

Help! @rspcaact needs help from a sheerer immediately to hopefully save this sheep we just rescued! #Canberra #CBR

September 2, 2015


She told The Canberra Times: "If it is not sheared, it's actually cruel." 

Ian Elkins, a former Australian Shearing Champion who lives in the city, volunteered to give the sheep a cut.

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Van Dange gave fans an update:

Good news, we have a shearer!! We'll update everyone tomorrow on how he's going! @rspcaact

September 2, 2015

She also shared photos of the process: 

Clipping of our favourite sheep has begun at @rspcaact!

September 2, 2015

Sheep "Chris" is now pondering his new lighter self post @rspcaact. Note that the pink stain is antiseptic spray.

September 3, 2015

Almost 90 pounds of wool was taken off the animal.

Elkins told ABC in Australia: "It was a challenge but the sheep was calm and the vets gave it a mild sedation before we started the shear."

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