Aussie sheep may take title for world's woolliest

An Australian couple have found what they think is the world's woolliest sheep.

An Australian couple have found what they think is the world's woolliest sheep.

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, Last Updated: 2:40 PM ET

An Australian couple have found what they think is the world's woolliest sheep.

The sheep named Shaun is carrying an estimated 20 kg of fleece, Netty and Peter Hazell told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Shaun was found wandering in scrubland on the Hazell's Tasmania farm on Sunday and was easily caught.

"He couldn't see very well because of the wool over his face, so I snuck up behind him and grabbed a hold of him," Peter Hazell told ABC.

It's believed the sheep has never been shorn, and the Hazells intend to clip Shaun this week.

Ray Peters, a sheep judge, said there is quite a bit of wool on the six-year-old merino ram, but he's not sure it's record-breaking.

"There's three or four jumpers, pullovers, in there," Peters said.

Shrek, an escaped merino ram that was found in 2004 in New Zealand with 27 kg of wool, holds the record for being the woolliest.


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