Shrek, the runaway sheep [Amazing Photo of the Day]

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The story behind this sheep, named Shrek, is he escaped from the farm (ranch?) he was being kept at in New Zealand. He went unfound, and untrimmed, for six years. When he was finally found in 2004, he had 60 lbs of wool.

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  1. dar

    - if ever there was a nomination for sheep sainthood:
    ‘……But owner John Perriam said Shrek had to be put down over the weekend since his health began to fail in his old age. A funeral service is reportedly being scheduled for later this week in the city of Takapo, New Zealand.

    “He was just an ordinary sheep, went AWOL and hid. And when he was found he became the darling of the nation,” Perriam told TVNZ.
    “He had an unbelievable personality. He loved children, and he was really good with the elderly in retirement homes.”

    [vids]
    http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/school-saving-shrek-mourned-kids-4211224/video?vid=4207609
    Cure Kids fundraising’s Josie Spillane, whose charity benefited from Shrek’s woolly windfall, told the Southland Times that dozens of kids’ lives had been positively affected by him.
    “At the end of the day, it is the death of an iconic Kiwi,” she said. “He just happens to be a sheep.”