Peter and Netty Hazell lifted the animal into their truck and brought him to their yard on Sunday.
“He couldn’t see very well because of the wool over his face, so I just snuck up behind him and grabbed ahold of him,” Peter Hazell told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Netty Hazell said she “could not believe that a sheep could have so much wool.” The Tasmania residents believe the merino ram, now named Shaun the Sheep, is six years old. Shaun’s tags suggest that he traveled more than 25 miles from the island’s east coast.
The sheep has been praised for its quality wool.
“I thought, well, it’s impossible for a sheep to go that long and have such good wool on him,” said Ray Peters, a sheep judge.
The current record fleece yield belongs to a New Zealand merino ram named Shrek. Shrek produced 27 kilograms — or about 59.5 pounds — of wool in 2004, according to the Independent.