Baarack from the brink: 35 kg fleece shorn off rescued wild sheep in Australia

The sheep named Baarack is now settling in with other rescued sheep at Edgar's Mission.
Sheep Baarack is seen before his thick wool was shorn in Lancefield, Victoria, Australia.(via REUTERS)
Sheep Baarack is seen before his thick wool was shorn in Lancefield, Victoria, Australia.(via REUTERS)
Published on Feb 24, 2021 05:05 PM IST
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A wild and ailing sheep found in a forest in Australia, named Baarack by rescuers, has yielded a fleece weighing more than 35 kilogrammes - nearly half the weight of an adult kangaroo - after being shorn for the first time in many a year.

The sheep was found by a member of the public who contacted the Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary near Lancefield, Victoria, about 60 kilometres north of Melbourne, according to the Mission's Kyle Behrend.

Sheep Baarack is seen before his thick wool was shorn.(via REUTERS)
Sheep Baarack is seen before his thick wool was shorn.(via REUTERS)

"It would appear Baarack was once an owned sheep," said Behrend, "he had at one time been ear-tagged, however these appear to have been torn out by the thick matted fleece around his face.

"Sheep need to be shorn at least annually otherwise the fleece continues to grow and grow, as happened here," said Behrend. After his much-needed shearing, Behrend said Baarack's fleece weighed in at 35.4 kilogrammes.

Sheep Baarack is pictured after his thick wool was shorn.(via REUTERS)
Sheep Baarack is pictured after his thick wool was shorn.(via REUTERS)

"Whilst his hooves were in great condition from running over the rocks in the forest, he was in a bit of a bad way. He was underweight, and due to all of the wool around his face he could barely see."

Baarack is now settling in with other rescued sheep at Edgar's Mission, Behrend said, adding it "all goes to show what incredibly resilient and brave animals sheep really are and we could not love them any more if we tried."

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