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Australia Chris the sheep, made famous by his record-breaking fleece, has died

07:15  22 october  2019
07:15  22 october  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Chris the sheep once got lost in Australian bushland, but now he's a world record holder and a museum exhibit. The sheep was found in August Due to the length of time he was out in the world, Chris was sporting an unusually large amount of fleece . The weight of the wool made it difficult for

a group of sheep standing on top of a grass covered field: The woolly wanderer was found carrying almost his whole body weight in wool. (Supplied: Tammy Ven Dange/Little Oak Sanctuary) The woolly wanderer was found carrying almost his whole body weight in wool. (Supplied: Tammy Ven Dange/Little Oak Sanctuary)

Chris the sheep, known for holding the world record for the heaviest fleece, has died.

The Merino's death was announced on Little Oak Sanctuary's Facebook page with Chris's owners saying they were devastated by the loss.

"Chris is known as the world record holder for having the heaviest fleece," the post said.

"He was so much more than this, so very much more, and we will remember him for all that we was — someone, not something."

Admirers of the sheep have flocked to social media to pay tribute to the overgrown ovine and his carers.

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His record - breaking fleece will be displayed at an Australian museum. Last fall, Australian authorities rescued a dangerously overgrown sheep that had been on its own for at least five years, according to experts.

Shrek's 60-pound fleece , enough to make 20 large men's suits, was auctioned off over the internet for the The world record was broken yet again in 2015 by Chris , a feral sheep that yielded an 88 lb World's oldest sheep Lucky was the world's oldest sheep . She died in November 2009 at the age of

It is believed he survived to the age of 10 with most sheep living for a maximum of 12 years.

Little Oak have guessed that the extreme stress of his early life may have shortened his life span.

The famous sheep was first spotted rambling around Canberra in 2015 with an overgrown fleece that had not been shorn in years.

Once he was caught, an urgent search began for someone to shear the fleece.

Merino sheep are bred for their wool, with constant shearing needed to preserve an animal's health.

Chris's yarn attracted international attention when the 41.1-kilogram fleece broke wool world records.

The fleece was displayed at the National Museum of Australia and a children's book was even written about Chris with proceeds going to the RSPCA, who first rescued him.

Following the fleecing, the woolly wanderer was put up for adoption with hundreds volunteering to take him in.

Little Oak Sanctuary in Manar, New South Wales, ended up looking after Chris in his later years.

The not-for-profit organisation located an hour east of Canberra cares for nearly 200 rescue animals.

Staff described him as "happy" and "settled" in his twilight years.

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