It was 2013 when Prickles the sheep went missing. After seven years passed, she returned home safe and sound.
Prickles was named because of her prickly fleece, and when bushfires were raging in the area of Tasmania, she went missing. It was Good Friday earlier this month when Prickles was spotted. Farmer Alice Gray was having a family barbecue when she saw the sheep.
Alice told BBC News, “When we saw her, we thought what is that? It is massive.”
Alice also went on to say that “all the fences” were burned down on the farm when the fires raged through the area in 2013. She thinks that the sheep probably was trapped in a “bush block” near the back of the farm when the fences got rebuilt.
She continued: “We didn’t know Prickles existed, however, we had an inkling because we set up some night-time cameras to see if we had any deer and one night we saw this huge ball, fluffy thing come and peer into the lens. So we had a feeling there was some creature out there.”
After living in the Tasmanian Bush for 7 years, Prickles was spotted during the family barbecue. She was eventually tackled, in a kind way, by Alice’s husband.
It required five grown adults to get Prickles into the back of a UTE.
To capitalize on the fortunate find, the family is going to hold a “Guess The Weight of Her Fleece” competition. The money will be donated to the United Nations Refugee Agency. Alice says that the refugees are the “one group of people on the planet who can’t socially isolate” during the coronavirus pandemic.
Meet Prickles! 🐑The sheep who has been self-isolating since bushfires hit Tasmania in 2013. Now she's been found, a LOT bigger than before.bbc.in/2KvsGP9
Posted by BBC News on Friday, April 24, 2020
A Shearer has been booked for May 1 and the winner of the competition will be announced that day.
Alice has also revealed that Prickles is going to be spending her time in a “happy place.” She said: “She’s doing wonderfully. She’s going to be staying in our retirement paddock for the rest of her life. So she’s going to spend her days in a happy place.”
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