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World’s wooliest sheep sheared - 30 sweaters worth

In this photo provided by the RSPCA/Australian Capital Territory, an overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland is prepared to be shorn in Canberra, Australia, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.
In this photo provided by the RSPCA/Australian Capital Territory, an overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland is prepared to be shorn in Canberra, Australia, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. AP

A sheep found near Australia’s capital is thought to be the world’s wooliest. About 40 kilograms – or 89 pounds – of wool is sheared from him.

He shed almost half his body weight in the shearing — the equivalent of 30 sweaters.

Champion shearer Ian Elkins said the sheep appeared to be in good condition after being separated from his huge fleece under anesthetic.

(The video says the wool was equal to about 67 sweaters, but other sources say that much wool would yield about 30.)

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