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Last Updated: Tuesday June 07 2011 12:39 GMT

Shrek the celebrity sheep dies in New Zealand

Shrek, the most famous sheep in New Zealand, being shown off with his massive fleece.

New Zealand is saying goodbye to a famous sheep who has died after an amazing life.

Shrek, who was 16 (very old for a sheep), had become a national celebrity when he went on the run refusing to get his fleece trimmed!

He avoided shearers by hiding in caves for - wait for it - six years!

When he was finally caught, he was sheared live on national TV and the wool was auctioned, raising £75,000 for charity.

During his six years of roaming free, the fleece had grown large enough to make 20 large men's suits!

His fleece weighed the same as 29 bags of sugar when it was eventually sheared.

When Shrek was finally caught, his fleece was trimmed live on TV!
When Shrek was finally caught, his fleece was trimmed live on TV!

He attracted so much attention that books were written about him and he made appearances at charity events.

His owner John Perriam was very proud of him: "He was just an ordinary sheep, went Awol and hid, and when he was found he became the darling of the nation.

"He had an unbelievable personality. He loved children and he was really good with the elderly."