Shrek the Sheep Dies at 16
Shrek the Sheep: Wooly Icon Dies in New Zealand
Shrek, who was the world's wooliest sheep, is dead at age 16. Shrek was put down by his owner, who said that the sheep was in ill health. Shrek went from being just one of 40 million sheep in New Zealand to becoming its most famous.
Shrek ran away from his herd in 1998, and was found six years later living in a cave. Like Tom Hanks in Cast Away, Shrek had no access to electric clippers, so his wool had gone a bit crazy. In fact, when he was finally shorn, Shrek shed 60 pounds of wool. That's a lot of Icebreaker shirts. The merino wool was auctioned off for children's charities.
Shrek was a celebrity in New Zealand: he was the subject of children's books, made charity appearances, and even met the Prime Minister. Not baaaaad. (Sorry)
Josie Spillane of Cure Kids praised Shrek's fundraising efforts and mourned the loss of a force for good in New Zealand: "At the end of the day, it is the death of an iconic Kiwi. He just happens to be a sheep."