Chris the overgrown sheep spared certain death by celebrity Aussie shearer Ian Elkins

September 3, 2015 by  
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Wild sheep shed their wool each year, but Merino sheep have been bred specifically to keep on growing until they’re shorn – so we can use their wool. The now-famous Chris, a sheep in Australia who somehow wandered off from his flock into the wild and evaded shearing for up to six years, according to expert estimates, was on death’s doorstep when a hiker discovered him outside Canberra. His wool had grown so big, he was susceptible to parasites and infection and at risk of falling over. If that had happened, he wouldn’t have been able to get back up, making him fair game for wild animals. Fearing the worst, the hiker immediately alerted authorities, and Tammy Ven Dange from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals posted an urgent SOS tweet. “Help! @rspcaact needs help from a sheerer immediately to hopefully save this sheep we just rescued!” she wrote. Ian Elkins, a renowned celebrity shearer, volunteered his services. Read the rest of Chris the overgrown sheep spared certain death by celebrity Aussie shearer Ian Elkins

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Rising Seas Could Dampen Aussie Coastal Building

August 20, 2010 by  
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The state government of New South Wales (NSW) just released new planning guidelines that discourage development in some coastal zones due to sea level rise caused by climate change.

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