Here's What Chris The Sheep Looked Like After Five Years Without Grooming.
This world is full of stunning creatures. From plants that eat meat to colorful fish in the ocean, wherever you look there are beautiful sights to see. Now, beautiful might not come to mind when you think about sheep, but that doesn't make them any less incredible. Fortunately, it's safe to say that most of the time these animals can live their lives peacefully without the help of humans, but that's not the case for sheep. Keep reading to discover why domestic sheep are dependant on humans.
In the fall of 2015, a group of people were hiking through a spot just north of Canberra, Australia.
As they were walking, they noticed a sheep that was in desperate need of their help. The group of hikers immediately contacted the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) to see if they could help.
You see, most of the time sheep do just find wandering by themselves.
Unfortunately, certain sheep, such as the Australian Merino, have been bred not to shed their coats each year, which means someone needs to shear it off for them. Sadly, it seemed as if this sheep had not been helped in a very long time.
The RSCPA sent out a team of staff members to help look for the sheep.
After a few days of searching, the team finally found the sheep, that they later named Chris. Chris appeared to be around five or six years old, and had obviously been wandering around by himself for a long time.
The group was unsure if the sheep would survive the summer, so they contacted the RSPCA for backup.
At the time, Chris could barely walk by himself, so the RSPCA knew that they needed to remove his coat immediately. They sent out a message to look for an expert shearer.
A large amount of fleece can trap moisture, which can lead to serious infections and bacteria.
Luckily, it didn't take long for someone to offer their services. Ian Elkins, a four-time national shearing champion, agreed to help Chris. Once he got to the sheep, he realized that Chris would need to be anesthetized for the procedure.
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