30 Sep '15, 8am

Australian sheep breaks world record with mammoth fleece

SYDNEY (AFP) - An Australian sheep that underwent a life-saving shave after being found with a massive fleece has entered the Guinness World Records for having the most wool sheared in a single sitting. The merino sheep, which was nicknamed Chris after it was found wandering alone just outside Australia's capital Canberra in early September, had 41.1 kilograms of wool taken off in one piece by a champion shearer. Guinness World Records said on its website that it had verified the record, which displaced the previous woolly champion Big Ben, an animal shorn of 28.9 kilograms in New Zealand in 2014. "We certainly didn't have the world record as priority when we sheared Chris, but we appreciate the recognition," Tammy Ven Dange, the head of the RSPCA in the Australian Capital Territory, said in a statement Wednesday. "We can only hope that record is never broken again because...

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