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Australian Sheep Breaks World Record With Mammoth Fleece

An Australian sheep that underwent a life-saving shave after being found with a massive fleece has entered the Guinness World Records for having the most wool sheared in a single sitting.

The merino sheep, which was nicknamed Chris after it was found wandering alone just outside Australia’s capital Canberra in early September, had 41.1 kilograms (90.6 pounds) of wool taken off in one piece by a champion shearer.

Guinness World Records said on its website that it had verified the record, which displaced the previous woolly champion Big Ben, an animal shorn of 28.9 kilograms in New Zealand in 2014.

“We certainly didn’t have the world record as priority when we sheared Chris, but we appreciate the recognition,” Tammy Ven Dange, the head of the RSPCA in the Australian Capital Territory, said in a statement Wednesday.

“We can only hope that record is never broken again because it would be unlikely that the animal would live to tell the story.”

Chris’ plight made global headlines following Ven Dange’s tweet appealing for help from a shearer after the overgrown animal was spotted by bushwalkers.

Ven Dange said that merino sheep were bred for their wool and they could face health issues, or even die, if not sheared regularly.

The fleece has been donated to the National Museum in Canberra, while Chris was re-homed in a hobby farm in neighboring New South Wales state.

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Man Tries to Open Jet Door At 30,000 Feet, Mistakes It for Loo

In a bizarre incident, a Scottish man tried to open a KLM plane’s door at 30,000 feet, mistaking it for the loo entrance, attracting a fine of 600 euros and a ban from travelling with the airline for five years.

James Gray said airline staff accused him of trying to open the door of the plane he was on while travelling at 30,000 feet.

However, he claimed he only touched the handle after confusing it for the door to the toilet.

James, from Alloa, was huckled off the KLM flight from Edinburgh to Amsterdam the moment it touched down at Schiphol Airport, Scotland’s Sunday Post reported.

He was whisked away to a nearby detention centre where he spent the night before he was fined 434 pounds (600 euros).

But when he went to fly home he said KLM staff refused to let him on board and said he was banned from flying with them for five years.

He only made it back after a friend paid for him to travel with a rival airline.

“The crew told me to stay in my seat and I was to be arrested when the plane landed. I tried to explain it was a simple mistake. It was a misunderstanding,” Gray was quoted as saying by the daily.

“The police came and arrested me. They weren’t too friendly,” he said.

Gray claimed he spoke to a translator by phone as he was being interviewed by Dutch police.

He also had to borrow money after the fine wiped out his holiday funds.

A spokeswoman for Schiphol Airport and a spokesperson for the Royal Dutch Border Police both refused to comment. KLM said a passenger had been handed over to authorities due to “his misbehaviour” on board.

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