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New Zealanders were mourning the loss of the country's most famous sheep Tuesday, a shaggy national icon named Shrek who was renowned for avoiding being shorn for years.

Shrek captured the public's imagination in 2004 after he evaded the annual shearing roundups for the previous seven years by hiding in caves on his farm on the South Island. When finally found, he was clad in an astonishing 60 pounds (27 kilograms) of wool.

That's about five times a typically annual shearing from Shrek's breed, the Merino sheep prized for some of the softest wool.
In a country where sheep outnumber people by nearly 10 to one, Shrek's story of stubbornness and guile appealed to many. After his capture, Shrek was shorn on live TV in a broadcast that was picked up around the world. His story inspired three books.
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I'm surprised most of the comments in the first couple pages under Highest Rated aren't completely stupid. And I like that the article mentioned that they are normally slaughtered at age 6. Maybe some people will take that bit and learn some more...
 

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Poor Shrek. May he rest in peace.
 

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neat article...thanks for sharing!
 

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I have an online friend who is from NZ and he mentioned this. I'm glad Shrek lived a nice life and did not go the way of most other "mascots". RIP.
 

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That is such an amazing sheep! It amazes me that people still say that sheep want to be sheared, even though this sheep went out of his way to avoid the annual shearing for seven years. He really seemed to have a large personality, too. His stubbornness reminds me of my Puggy.
 
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