Chris, the record-breaking Merino, who has pulled on animal lovers – Hearts with his heavy coat have died, says an Australian animal shelter. (Photo: RSPCA, EPA)

Chris, the record sheep who pulled his heavy coat to the hearts of animal lovers, has died, according to an Australian shelter.

Chris, the sheep, a Merino rescued in 2015 after being spotted in the wild alone, set the record for the heaviest fleece in the world shorn by a sheep at that time Wore about 90 pounds of wool.

Being the most neglected sheep in the world, "says Little Oak Sanctuary, who took care of Chris after his rescue.

The shelter said Chris died on Tuesday at the age of nearly ten.

"He will live on in our memories, but his presence will be missed by both his sheep and human friends who loved him. Chris teaches us that we are all more than what happens to us. He was somebody, not something, "Little Oak wrote on his website.

Chris was a miracle sheep, one that probably would not have survived, says the sanctuary.

When he was discovered by hikers in Canberra, he weighed Chris & # 39; wool doubled his body weight.

"He lived a sad life in isolation with just a horde of kangaroos as a society for a staggering five years," said Little Oak.

The sanctuary states that Sheep as Merinos were bred for their wool, can not discard and produce wool all year round.

Sheep help protect the animal's health, keep it cool in the summer heat and protect it from flies and "blindness", eye damage long wool.

According to the National Museum of Australia, Chris had only weeks to live when he was found, as his mobility was severely hampered by his thick coat.

Es It was unclear how Chris broke loose and no one was ever able to prove ownership, the museum says.

Once Chris was brought in The shearing lasted more than 40 minutes. The next year, when Chris had a healthier coat of only 13 pounds, it took only six minutes, said Little Oak.

Despite the neglect for the first half of his life, Chris lived his days at the Little Oak Sanctuary as "a gentle, full-bodied boy."

"His bleating was loud and deep and instantly recognizable," wrote the shelter.

Chris's Fleece is exhibited in the National Museum of Australia.

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