Meet Shrek – A Sheep That Avoided Shearing For Six Years By Hiding In A Cave!

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Take a moment to drink in the glory of Shrek the Sheep. Shrek really, really, really did not like getting his hair cut. So for six years, this New Zealand libertarian managed to avoid spring shearings by hiding in a cave.

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By the time he was found in 2004, his owners couldn’t even tell he was a sheep. “He looked like some biblical creature,” John Perriam told the BBC. Or, to quote a member of Modern Farmer‘s editorial team, “Someone help that sheep, he is being eaten by some kind of dirty monster.”

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When Shrek was eventually sheared (because man always triumphs over sheep), there was enough wool to produce 20 men’s suits. Just an abnormal, excessive, downright insane amount of wool.

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Which led us to some basic questions: If a sheep is left unshorn, will its wool grow forever? Is that healthy? Is this a glitch in the (wooly) fabric of evolution?

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So if a sheep does not get sheared, will the wool keep growing and growing?

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Yes, but only if it is a domesticated sheep. They’ve evolved based on the way humans groom them. Primitive sheep, like Bighorns in the West, still shed most of their wool every year.

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