Chris The Guinness World Record Holding Australian Sheep Has Died
Chris the sheep shot to fame in 2015 when it was seen wandering near the New South Wales-ACT border, with reports it was carrying an enormous amount of wool on its back.
Animal welfare experts were called in and noticed the sheep was indeed sporting a very hefty coat.
They employed a world-class shearer to get all the wool off and it ended up setting a Guinness World Record for most wool sheared from a sheep in a single shearing.
After everything was completed, Chris was 41 kilograms lighter. That's around eight times the average weight of a fleece - so you know Chris was special.
Chief Executive Officer RSPCA ACT, Tammy Ven Dange said: "We certainly didn't have the world record as priority when we sheared Chris, but we appreciate the recognition.
"We can only hope that record is never broken again because it would be unlikely that the animal would live to tell the story."
Chris could hardly stand or walk under the enormous weight of its fleece, so it was good that the experts were able to get in when they did.
But it is our sad news to report that Chris has sadly died.
Since it won its coveted award, the sheep has been cared for at the Little Oak Sanctuary in New South Wales.
The Sanctuary posted a message on Facebook saying: "We have heartbreaking news. Chris the sheep has passed away. We are heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, wise, friendly soul.
"Chris is known as the world record holder for having grown the heaviest fleece on record. He was so much more than this, so very much more, and we will remember him for all that he was - someone, not something - here with us, not for us. RIP dear Chris."
RIP indeed, Chris will be sorely missed.
Featured Image Credit: RSPCA ACT