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怕剪毛曾躲深山7年 新西兰名羊史瑞克去世

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小编摘要:新西兰最有名的美丽诺羊史瑞克(Shrek)于6日去世,史瑞克曾因躲避剪羊毛而躲在山洞长达7年之久,等到被发现的时候,它全身的羊毛已经层层堆积到惊人的27公斤。

新西兰最有名的美丽诺羊史瑞克(Shrek)于6日去世。饲主7日表示,17岁的史瑞克因健康恶化在南岛的农场过世。史瑞克曾因躲避剪羊毛而躲在山洞长达7年之久,等到被发现的时候,它全身的羊毛已经层层堆积到惊人的27公斤。

2004年4月28日,Shrek在两百名现场观众和全球电视观众面前被剃掉了厚厚的羊毛“外套”,看上去“骨感”多了然后,在两百人围观和电视直播下它被当众剪毛,全球有几百万人同时观看了直播。

Shrek从此成了明星,它在电视节目中频频露面,享有自己专属的牲口棚,生病了还有专人照顾,它甚至还登上了《花花公子》杂志。

怕剪毛曾躲深山7年 新西兰名羊史瑞克去世


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.

"He was quite an elderly statesman," said owner John Perriam. "He taught us a lot."

Until becoming sick three weeks ago, Shrek toured the country, commanding $16,000 for appearances and getting the star treatment wherever he went. In one appearance, Shrek was shorn atop a large iceberg that was floating near the South Island coast.

Shrek was one of about 17,000 sheep on the the 27,000-acre (11,000-hectare) Bendigo farm in the small town of Tarras. Perriam believes Shrek was able to survive the winters and avoid detection by moving about a series of sheltered caves and by munching on small native shrubs.

"It's bizarre that we missed him seven years in a row," Perriam said. "But from his point of view, it was the perfect environment."

After Shrek became a star, Perriam gave him his own barn and showroom. Shrek even had a personal caregiver look after him when he became sick, before the sheep was euthanized Monday at age 17.

Perriam said that as well as laying claim to being New Zealand's woolliest sheep, Shrek may also have been its oldest. Most sheep live for no more than six years before being slaughtered.

Since Shrek's death, tributes have been pouring in online, including on the Facebook page "R.I.P Shrek the Sheep."

Perriam is planning a funeral service and will ask a friend to scatter Shrek's ashes atop Mt. Cook, New Zealand's tallest mountain.
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2011-06-08 16:11 编辑:juliatt
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