The merino wether Shrek was considered old when he died aged about 16.
But he was just a teenager in comaprison with Tiwggy, a 25 year-old ewe which met an untimely demise after falling over a cliff on the Isle of Lewis.
The blackface ewe – nicknamed Twiggy because of her scrawny appearance – was just a month short of her 26th birthday.
Crofter John Maciver put her longevity down to her still having most of her teeth, allowing her to graze easily, and her ‘independent spirit’. . .
“It is a sad end,’ said Mr Maciver, 51. ‘She was never a big sheep but she produced her last lambs three years ago and even then they were twins! . . .
. . . The last recognised holder of the world’s oldest sheep title, Lucky, died in Australia in 2009, aged 23.
The Polwarth-Dorchester cross raised by Delrae Westgarth set the Guinness record in 2007 and was a celebrity in her home town of Lake Bolac, near Melbourne.
Guinness World Records said that since Lucky’s death it had been actively looking for a contender for world’s oldest living sheep.
It was understood that Mr Mr Maciver had not applied for the recognition for his ewe. The oldest age recorded for a sheep so far was 28 years and 51 weeks. . .
Hat Tip: Cactus Kate