World's oldest sheep 'Lucky' dies at 23

The oldest sheep in the world has died peacefully at the age of 23 (twice the normal life expectancy) on Monday at the farm at Lake Bolac, Australia.

Lucky endured a short illness after suffering in the country's recent heatwaves. She hit the Guinness record in 2007 and was a celebrity in her hometown of Lake Bolac, near Melbourne.

Lucky was hand-reared from birth after being abandoned by her mother. She went on to have 35 offspring of her own.

Owner Delrae Westgarth said: "It's a relief. She was good up to that first lot of heatwaves we had. But she went downhill a bit from then.

"We brought her into the shed where she was reared and put air conditioners on her. That kept her going a bit longer."

She added: "When she got too old we brought her into a paddock on her own so she could eat by herself, [and] so the other sheep wouldn't pinch all the tucker."

Lucky - who became toothless and arthritic in her old age - had been buried under her favourite nectarine tree, Mrs Westgarth added.

Earlier this month, a British pensioner's pet sheep, also named Lucky, was killed by a stray golf ball from a nearby course.

Via - BBC News

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