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Sheep that hadn’t been sheared in five years has 75-pound fleece cut off

Baarack the sheep hadn’t been sheared for five years (Picture: Edgar’s Mission/SWNS)

A sheep had to have more than 75 pounds of wool cut off after running wild without being shorn for years.

The animal, named Baarack by rescuers, was spotted wandering in bushland in Victoria, Australia.

His matted fleece — grown over at least five years — was weighing him down, blocking his vision and threatening his chances of survival.

But Edgar’s Mission, in Lancefield, took the stoic animal in and gave him a much-needed makeover.

‘We couldn’t believe there was actually a sheep alive under all that wool,’ said the sanctuary on Facebook.

The sheep was given a makeover (Picture: Edgar’s Mission/SWNS)
Volunteers have rescued the sheep (Picture: Edgar’s Mission/SWNS)
It took an hour to cut his fleece off (Picture: Edgar’s Mission/SWNS)

‘It was a struggle to comprehend that beneath that convoluted moving mass of matted fleece, adorned with countless sticks, twigs and insects, which caused his saviours to look twice, was not Australia’s answer to the yeti – but a sheep.

‘Each day his wool grew longer and longer, and his plight more desperate, while his chances of survival grew thinner and thinner.

Baarack the sheep was left to run wild for years (Picture: Edgar’s Mission/SWNS)

‘Many people do not realise that wool can easily morph into a cumbersome fleece that continues to grow throughout the life of a sheep.

‘Now relieved of that fleece and its burden, Baarack is indeed lighter in more ways than one. Baarack can now see the world more clearly.’

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