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Sheep Goes on Walkabout, Returns Seven Years Later

A wildfire ravaged Tasmania, off the coast of Australia, in 2013. During the chaos, a lamb escaped from her farm and became stranded on the wrong side of a fence. It wasn't until much later that Alice Gray and her family discovered the sheep was missing when they reviewed some video surveillance footage. The sheep, dubbed Prickles, showed up again recently as Gray was celebrating her son's birthday.

"While we were setting up, we looked across a dam and we saw this big round thing on the other side of the dam — like, oh my God, I think that is that crazy sheep we saw in the video," Gray said.

"So we were just having our barbecue lunch when my husband went missing. And about 15 minutes later, he called back and he was puffing and panting. … He'd trapped the sheep in the corner of a paddock and was lying on it."

It took a group effort to wrangle the massive sheep into the back of the truck and return it to the flock, where Gray says she is now settling in nicely.

Prickles has gone seven years with no shearing. Gray's family is using the incident as a fundraiser for COVID-19 victims by letting people guess how much wool Prickles will produce when she is finally shorn on May first. -via Damn Interesting

(Image credit: Alice Gray)

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