WILD SHEEP NEEDS RESCUE, AS SHEARS TAKE OFF 78 LBS OF MISERABLE WOOL COAT
So wool is some great fiber, right? It’s natural, from sheep. You can wear it virtually anywhere. Even better, it even keeps you warm if it gets wet. I found that out while spelunking years ago, where you had to duck under water between caverns. It surprised me, but it was true. So there’s a reason that sheep have this as a natural protection against the elements. But they’ve got a little problem. When they can’t get it off, it becomes a massive, huge covering of dreadlocks. And for one wild sheep in Australia, that dreadlock required rescue. As in, get the shears out to get off 78 pounds of wool.
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BAAAD SITUATION, AS VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA’S BACK COUNTRY CRITTER NEEDED REAL HELP
So yes, that picture at left up there is the wild sheep in question. Now with the appropriately corny name of Baarack, this merino ram was roaming around a back area of Victoria in Australia when people discovered it’s baaad situation. But as it happens, there is a local nonprofit with the name Edgar’s Mission, an animal sanctuary. And they came to the rescue. They snapped the before picture in situ to be sure they had a visual record of Baarack’s plight. I mean, just look at that poor creature! He was in a bad way.
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WILD SHEEP WAS CLOSE TO STARVATION, COULDN’T EVEN SEE FOR MASSIVE, NATURAL WOOL COAT
So the shears came out, and Edgar’s Mission got to work. After quite a bit of work, 78 pounds of wool was on the floor and off the wayward ram. Baarack had been barely surviving in his dreadlock condition. He could barely see, for one. But the wild sheep was in such a bundle, ear tags in had torn out from the bundles of fleece around his face. He was way underweight, probably because he couldn’t maneuver well enough from his condition. And, thinking about it, I’d have to guess he was always too hot. Just think about wearing 8 or even 10 sweaters Down Under!