Chris the sheep: one year on from losing record-breaking mammoth fleece | PHOTOS

A year after his record-breaking mammoth fleece turned him into a global sensation, Chris the sheep is adjusting well to life beyond the spotlight.

But while his days are now spent chewing grass and following his newfound flock in a NSW hobby farm, RSPCA chief executive Tammy Van Denge says the world has not moved on.

The once-errant sheep was rescued from Mulligans Flat in September last year and received a potentially lifesaving shear of 41.1 kilograms of wool.

"When the global attention first started, we had media trying to jump over fences and sneak through gates to get to him," Ms Van Denge said. 

"While that doesn't happen any more, I get calls for stories nearly every week. Just last week I got a call from someone in Germany wanting to do a story."

Chris took the world by storm when Guinness World Records announced he had made the record for the heaviest sheep fleece, breaking the previous record held by New Zealand sheep Big Ben, whose 28.9 kilograms of wool was shorn off in January 2014. 

National shearing champion Ian Elkins sheared his wool a day after the sheep was found and taken to Canberra's RSPCA.

Since then, he's been reported by media outlets around the globe, including CNN, BBC, National Geographic and "every tabloid you could name", Ms Van Denge said. 

She would not reveal the location of Chris' new home due to privacy reasons, but said the healthy sheep is enjoying the company of some dozen other sheep and is learning to trust humans.

"He's doing really well. When we first took him to the farm he was really shy, but he's become really cheeky. He now eats out of a bucket, he is getting a lot more brave around people and he is finally not struggling to sit down." 

Chris had developed a fear of sitting down while bearing twice his body weight because he was worried he might never get back up, she said.

Chris' fleece was donated to the National Museum for preservation.

Of the hundreds of questions Ms Van Denge has been asked about Chris in the past year, she said people are always intrigued to learn that his wool continued to grow because modern domestic sheep have been bred not to lose their fleece.

In an effort to educate children about the wool industry, the RSPCA ACT has teamed up with local illustrator Kylie Fogarty to create a children's picture book about Chris' adventure, with all proceeds to going to the RSPCA.

"We have intentions next year to expand our educational program in schools and our Chris the Sheep book will be the start of this program," she said.

Where Chris came from before being found by Canberra woman Sue Dowling while walking the Centenary Trail with a fitness client and rescued by RSPCA staff remains a mystery, but dozens of "pretend owners" have tried to claim him.

But none have been able to provide the specific machine that was used to cut his earmark. 

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