Kiwis mourn as ‘Chris the Sheep’ officially breaks the Guinness World Record

The Guinness Book of World Records has officially recognised the fleece of ‘Chris the Sheep’ as a new world record set at 41.1kg taking the bragging rights away from the Kiwis as the ‘woolliest sheep.’  This broke the previous record of New Zealand sheep, ‘Big Ben’ with 28.9 kg of wool shorn off in January 2014.

“Chris the Sheep,” as dubbed by local bush walkers, was rescued by the RSPCA ACT on 2nd September 2015 after concerns were raised regarding the animal’s welfare. The unusually large stray sheep in serious need of a haircut was sighted by members of the public in the area of Mulligans Flat towards the Australian Capital Territory border.

Chief Executive Officer, Tammy Ven Dange shared her thoughts about the official recognition, “We certainly didn’t have the world record as priority when we sheared Chris, but we appreciate the recognition.  We can only hope that record is never broken again because it would be unlikely that the animal would live to tell the story.”  

This is actually the second Guinness World Record that RSPCA ACT has broken in four months.  Their first record, the “Most Dogs Wearing Bandanas” was achieved at the recent Million Paws Walk event in May.

Chris was rehomed to greener pastures by RSPCA ACT last week at an unnamed hobby farm in New South Wales.  Pictures are available of his transfer upon request.

'Chris the Sheep' plush toys are still available online at or at the Weston Shelter for a $50 donation or more.