Shaun the shaggy Australian sheep with farmers before being shorn in Midlands, Australia. Shaun received a haircut for the first time in years. (AP)

Shaun the shaggy Australian sheep has finally been shorn smooth. But the woolly wanderer wasn’t the woolliest of them all.

The sheep apparently had been hiding for years on a farm on the island state of Tasmania and had never been shorn. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported Thursday that Shaun lost 52 pounds of wool at his first haircut.

Owners Peter and Netty Hazel had hoped Shaun would beat a record held by a now-dead New Zealand sheep named Shrek.

Shrek rose to fame in 2004 after he was found hiding in caves on his farm, having avoided the annual shearing roundups for seven years. He had 60 pounds of wool shorn off his body.

— Associated Press

Shaun appears after he was shorn of 52 pounds of wool. He won’t make the record books. (AP)