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Shaun the shaggy Australian sheep falls short of being wooliest in the world

AP Photo/via AP Video

AP Photo/via AP Video

Dalia Ibrahim
Digital Reporter

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 3:46 PM -

Shaun the shaggy Australian sheep has at last been shorn smooth. But the woolly wanderer wasn't the wooliest of all. 

The six-year-old merino sheep was found on Sunday by two Australian farmers near the town of Oatlands, 84 km from Hobart, the capital of Tasmania -- the rural island state off Australia's southeastern coast. 

The sheep apparently had been hiding for years on a farm on the island state of Tasmania and had never been shorn. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Thursday that Shaun lost 52 pounds of wool at his first haircut.

Owners Peter and Netty Hazel had hoped Shaun would beat a record held by a now-deceased New Zealand sheep named Shrek. 

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Shrek rose to fame in 2004 after he was found hiding in caves on his farm, having evaded the annual shearing roundups for seven years. He had 60 pounds of wool shorn off his body. 

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With files from The Associated Press. 

Photo courtesy: AP YouTube Screen grab.

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