Champion Shearer Saves Hugely Overgrown Sheep A sheep found in the wild in Australia had to undergo emergency shearing. Nearly 90 pounds was shaved away. The sheep's body weight reportedly dropped by half.

Champion Shearer Saves Hugely Overgrown Sheep

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. It's worth Googling Chris the sheep to get a look at his astounding size. He was as big as a refrigerator when spotted roaming wild in the Australian bush. Half his weight was wool that hadn't been sheared since he got separated from his flock years ago. A concerned hiker alerted the SPCA and then Australia's national champion sheep shearer, Ian Elkins, came to the rescue. He sheared off nearly 90 pounds of wool - or about 30 merino wool sweaters. It's MORNING EDITION.

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