Fleeced! Zoo gives sheep their summer haircut

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Hello, good-bah: A child pokes a greeting at a sheep.
Not by the hairs on my chinny-chin-chin: Park employees lead a reluctant sheep to its shearing.
Dead weight: The sheep sports its summer cut.
Woolly bully: Youngsters get a feel for wool.

It was a case of hair today, gone tomorrow!

Families flocked to witness the defrocking of the Prospect Park Zoo sheep flock on May 16, an annual ritual in which the zoo’s woolly denizens lose their winter sweaters.

The expert shearers clipped and snipped the wool away from the Jacob’s four-horn and Cotswold sheep to the delight of onlookers, then kids learned how to spin the wool into felt balls at nearby Lefferts Historic House, the park’s 18th-century farmhouse.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz

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