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New Zealand mours Shrek the shaggy sheep

Published On: Jun 07 2011 01:50:16 PM CDT

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New Zealanders are mourning their favorite sheep, Shrek.

The most famous sheep in the country rocketed to fame after being on the lam for six years. He was found in a cave in 2004 after fleeing the sheep sheers.

When he emerged from the cave, the animal looked more like a cotton ball than a sheep. The 60 pounds of Merino wool was auctioned off.

He was eventually shorn on live television and spent his remaining time on tour, raising more than $150,000 for charity. He even made his way to parliament to meet New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark.

Keepers said Shrek was ill and was put down at the age of 16.