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

15:40  22 october  2019
15:40  22 october  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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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 His record - breaking fleece will be displayed at an Australian museum. Last fall, Australian authorities rescued a dangerously overgrown sheep that had

Chris the Merino sheep who made international headlines after being found wandering and barely visible under a world- record 41kg fleece has died , his “heartbroken” Chris was thought to be about 10 years old and likely died of old age, although his experience in the wild may have shortened his life.

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."

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Chris the Sheep , who made headlines around the world for his world record - breaking fleece after being found near Canberra, has died . Little Oak Sanctuary, which has been looking after Chris since 2015, announced his death on social media on Tuesday morning.

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.

We'll miss ewe: workers at an animal sanctuary ended up caring for Chris. © ABC News We'll miss ewe: workers at an animal sanctuary ended up caring for Chris.

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.

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Chris the sheep , a merino famed for once being discovered with the world's heaviest fleece , has died in Australia. A life-saving haircut followed, with a shearer removing 41.1kg (88lb) of fleece - later confirmed to be a world record . On Tuesday, his carers at a New South Wales farm said he had died

An Australian merino sheep who made headlines for the record - breaking weight of his fleece has died aged 10. The sanctuary taking care of The sanctuary taking care of Chris the sheep revealed the animal (pictured) was found dead on Tuesday morning by his minders having died of old age.

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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