Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Most of New Zealand's 40 million or so sheep spend their lives in relative obscurity, but one named Shrek became an international celebrity. The merino successfully managed to avoid the annual shearing process for six years, hiding in caves high in the mountains where it was unlikely he suffered from the cold. He was finally cornered and his shearing, which was watched by a live TV audience, yielded more than 27kg of wool. The sheep, now a shadow of his former self, made the trip to the New Zealand parliament to meet the prime minister and endured a helicopter trip to an iceberg for another public shearing on his 10th birthday in order to raise money for charity. He has been immortalised in his own biography, Shrek, The Story of a Kiwi Icon.