The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

save and close shave has given one of our wool­liest crea­tures a new lease of life.

“Bet­ter” the over­grown sheep had lost his flock and was roam­ing solo in a reser­voir in Green­vale, in Mel­bourne’s north.

The five-year-old dorset/merino cross had never been shorn in his life, res­cuer Pam Ah­ern said.

When he was fleeced on Satur­day, his wool weighed 10kg.

Ms Ah­ern, the founder and di­rec­tor of Edgar’s Mis­sion an­i­mal sanc­tu­ary in Lance­field, said it took six men to lift the sheep.

She said things would have got a lot worse for “Bet­ter” had they not found him when they did.

“It was hon­estly in the nick of time,” she said.

“He was on his side and he was strug­gling.

“He couldn’t get up. If he had have stayed like that for the day, he would have died.”

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