Here's What Chris The Sheep Looked Like After Five Years Without Grooming.
Most coats weigh around 11 pounds and only take a few minutes to remove, but not Chris' coat.
Chris had 90 pounds of fleece on his body, which took an hour to remove! Imagine how uncomfortable that must have been for him. Chris had so much fleece on his body that he ended up winning the Guinness World Records title for Most Wool Sheared From A Sheep – Single Shearing.
National Museum Australia
Tammy Ven Dange, an RSPCA worker, saw an immediate change in Chris' personality, as well as his appearance.
“Yesterday, he was hiding in the corner, he didn’t want to have any contact whatsoever, he could barely stand up, and he certainly couldn’t walk very well. And today when I looked at him he was coming up to you, he wanted to be pet…” said Ven Dange.
Once they removed all of that fleece, the RSPCA determined that Chris was in pretty good health, despite what he had to endure.
After Chris went to his new home, they had to decide what to do with his coat. It would be a waste to throw it away, but because it was filled with dirt and grime, it couldn't be used for wool. So what were they going to do with the fleece?
Because Chris held the world record, they knew that they had to do something special with it.
It was put into a museum! "We had numerous opportunities with the fleece, but at the end, we believed that it should be preserved in its entirety and displayed as a reminder of how dependent these animals are on humans for their welfare. The National Museum already has a wonderful pastoral industry collection that tells of their history in this country. As such, we felt that they were the most appropriate partner to preserve the story of Chris and his very woolly fleece," explained Ven Dange.
Source: National Museum Australia
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