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rnrnNear the southwest corner ofrnthe main island of the Chatham group, NZ, is a small flock of feral sheep whichrnappear to have certain Merino characteristics, and thus may predate thernIsland's change to longwool breeds.


rnrnIt is believed that ChathamrnIsland ferals have been living wild for almost a hundred years, and it isrnpossible that they originated from some Saxon Merinos that were taken to SouthrnEast Island (another of the Chatham group) in 1841.


rnrnThe most noticeable differencernbetween these and the feral sheep of Pitt Island is that the Chatham ferals arernmostly white-woolled, whereas those on Pitt are mostly colored.


rnrnContent andrnPhoto Source: New Zealand Rare Breeds (www.rarebreeds.co.nz).rnrn



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