When Luna the sheep was found on a rural property in Southeast Tasmania, her fleece was so overgrown that she was blinded by wool and couldn’t move.
- Four-year-old Luna sheep found near death
- Her fleece was so heavy she couldn’t hold on
- Luna was taken to Brightside Animal Sanctuary by the new owner of the property
The four-year-old sheep was also heavily infested with lice, and its wool was tangled from the constant scratching.
The new owner, who had recently bought the land near Richmond, discovered the agonizing sight on Monday.
The man used his tractor to move Luna around in her ute, then drove her on the three-hour round trip south to Brightside Animal Sanctuary in Cygnet.
“She had been wandering through the bush blind and quite hungry with this extremely heavy weight on her frail little body and she just collapsed,” said shrine founder Emma Haswell.
Luna gets her first haircut
The shearer who cut Luna believed the sheep had never been shorn before.
“As soon as that wool came off it was amazing. In 20 minutes Luna was walking in a straight line,” Ms. Haswell said.
“She’s brilliant and now hangs out with the bottle-fed lambs.”
Luna always acclimates to shearing and on cold days wears two sweaters, one of which is fleece designed for the greyhounds who also live in the animal sanctuary.
Ms Haswell said she was overwhelmed by the compassion shown by the farmer who requested updates on Luna and is now following her progress on Facebook.
“It’s the most amazing thing, to have someone who cares so much about a sheep, and what’s even more amazing is the incredible following that Luna now has on Facebook. So many people fell in love with Luna, ”Ms. Haswell said.
“Years ago, if you published an article about sheep, nobody cared, but that has changed and farm animals are no longer just considered food.
“It’s that little sheep angel. She’s got that pretty merino face and those big eyes.”
Luna just one in a missing herd
Ms Haswell said six more stray sheep are believed to be on the property where Luna was found, and she believed the previous owner would try to get them back.
RSPCA Tasmania chief executive Jan Davis said cases of sheep going “rogue” were not very common.
“If they are in the hills, they disappear and are not easily spotted,” Ms. Davis said.
“It was lucky that someone found her [Luna] because once the sheep are in bed, they usually don’t get up. “
“And to be outside in bad weather, a wet fleece of this weight would kill a sheep.”