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New Zealand's celebrity sheep 'Shrek', dies

7 June 2011 Last updated at 19:41 BST

Shrek, the New Zealand sheep whose ability to avoid the shearers made him a national celebrity, has died.

He came to prominence in 2004 after evading capture for six years by hiding in caves on the South Island.

The cunning Merino lost his giant 27kg (60lb) fleece in a televised shearing.

The 16-year-old sheep had a high-profile career. He met then Prime Minister Helen Clark, became the subject of several children's books and made regular charity appearances.

The BBC's Anna Holligan reports.