Nobody knows the struggle of a bad hair day quite like Chris the sheep.
Animal welfare experts estimate that for the last five years, the poor guy has been wondering around with an untamed ‘do so bad, it could actually leave him vulnerable to developing serious medical conditions – not to mention the cramping of his style. Fortunately, Chris came into the hands of those experts after a concerned resident reported him to Australia’s RSPCA. Here’s what he looked like then:
— Tammy Ven Dange (@tvendange) September 2, 2015
Yesterday, at long last, the fluffball finally got the haircut he so desperately needed. But not from your average hairdresser – that simply wouldn’t cut it. Instead, the RSPCA called in four-time Australian Shearing Champion winner Ian Elkins for the job. Ladies and gentlemen, start your trimmers.
Even with the professional, competition-winning skills of Elkins, he still needed four helpers and 42 minutes to tame Chris’ wild style. When all was said and done, they removed an incredible 92 pounds of fleece from the animal, enough to break a world record AND make 30 sweaters. Not bad for a trip to the barber, huh?
Your average shearing job, by the way, takes about three minutes and yields roughly 11 pounds of wool.
“There’s no real complications for the sheep, the sheep’s coming out very well, so that’s good news,” Elkins says in the video above. “It appears that the sheep has never ever been shorn.”
Chris’ total weight dropped to 97 pounds after the job, meaning he was carrying around his own body weight in wool alone. Experts found that the animal would get a little distressed after being around people for too long (likely from living on his own for the past few years), so he was sedated for the shearing process. Apparently, though, he’s come out of it quite well.
“I think he’s a new man. Not only half the size but his personally has already changed. Yesterday, he was hiding in a corner…he could barely stand up.” RSPCA ACT Chief Tammy Ven Dange said. “Today when I looked at him, he was coming up to you, he wanted to be pet.”
The RSPCA reports that if they can’t find the sheep’s legal owner, they’ll put him up for adoption.
— Tammy Ven Dange (@tvendange) September 3, 2015
Looking good, Chris!