Many of us think about animals when we think of Australia and for good reason. If it isn’t wild animals such as kangaroo and koala, they also have plenty of domesticated animals, including the sheep that are found in the area.
Recently, they found a sheep that was abandoned and named her Ewenice. She was spotted near RedCastle in July and, according to The Guardian, she was sporting four-years worth of wool growth.
It seems as if someone saw the animal on its own and called the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). After rescuing the sheep, the RSPCA took her for shearing and she ended up losing about 44 pounds in the process.
After being checked out by a veterinarian, Ewenice was taken to her new home in Geelong.
great news everyone – the RSPCA has found and shorn another Very Woolly Sheep roaming the bush near Bendigo
they took 20kg of fleece off and named her Ewenice pic.twitter.com/isGEnwgkrJ
— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) September 9, 2020
Ewenice is a merino ewe, so she is different than many other sheep breeds. She has to be shorn on an annual basis or more frequently because her fleece doesn’t shed.
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If a sheep is abandoned and untrimmed, they can eventually die from heat stress. They can also get items matted in their wool, such as feces, and that attracts maggots and flies.
“Carrying such a large fleece for an extended period of time would have had a dire impact on this ewe’s welfare and quality of life,” said Terry Ness, RSPCA Victoria’s head animal welfare inspector according to 1News. “It was fantastic to see her transformation after shearing and to send her on to her new home.”
— EDWARD MIKAN (@EDWARDMIKAN1) September 12, 2020
Dr. Emma Roberts, who works with the RSPCA, gave a radio interview with Deborah Knight and told her that they don’t typically see overgrown sheep like Ewenice. She would like pet owners to take control of the health of their own pets, especially as the weather is getting warmer.
“You always have to make sure you have enough water when you’re going out and about and leaving your animals outside as it gets hotter as well,” she said.
“But I think most importantly, something that we sort of forget to remember is exercising in the heat of the day with your animal can really cause them stress. So making sure that you be mindful [and] go sort of earlier in the morning or later in the evening when the temperatures are cooling down.”
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