Tuesday, June 7, 2011

R.I.P. - Shrek the Sheep Dies, The World Mourns

New Zealand is known for many things. Maori culture, numerous volcanoes, and the Flight of the Conchords are all beautiful symbols of the proud island nation. However, all of those pale in comparison to the New Zealand icon that was Shrek the Sheep. Shrek gained fame in 2004 when he was found after evading being sheared by farmers for six years. Shrek had alluded muster by hiding in caves and scavenging for food. When he was found, his fleece weighed roughly 60 lbs. and had enough wool to design up to twenty full suits. The sheep would later embark on a tour of the country, stopping at parliament to meet Prime Minister Helen Clark in May of 2004, and celebrating his 10th birthday by being shorn on an iceberg off the coast of Dunedin. Those quirky New Zealanders sure known how to honor greatness! Sadly, Shrek was put down by veterinarians yesterday at the ripe old age of 16. He will be missed.

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