The reign of a rouge ram, pilfering feed and causing mischief in a small West Australian town has come to an end after a team of farmers finally captured the sheep and introduced him to a pair of clippers.
- The ram, known as Rambo, had spent four years roaming farm land near Capel
- It took a team of five people and four dogs to finally capture the roaming ram
- Rambo, now fleece free, will live out his days as part of Marc Waller’s flock
The ram, known as Rambo, had become a well-known menace in Capel, in the South West of WA.
Local resident Marc Waller had heard Rambo’s lonely cries for the past year but decided to capture the sheep after a horse owner took to social media to vent his frustrations.
“He’s been stealing the horse food and breaking the fences, and just generally getting up to mischief for four years now,” Mr Waller said.
“He [the horse owner] was getting really a bit upset with him.
But Mr Waller said he wanted to give Rambo another chance.
It was not his first attempt at a Rambo rescue, but this time Mr Waller and his partner Monique got together a team of five people and four dogs to catch the wild, unshorn animal.
“He led us on a bit of a wild goose chase but finally succumbed to, I think, the inevitable,” he said.
A new fleece on life
With Rambo finally in the shed, the next step was to find a shearer that could tame what had now become a famous ram.
“Everyone’s interested in his wellbeing and offered to help us with shearing and injections.”
Local shearer Luke Armstrong offered to shear Rambo’s enormous fleece for free, and in the lead-up to the big day Mr Waller’s family started placing bets on the weight of his shorn wool.
“We’ve had guesses from five kilos, I think right up to 30 kilos.
“My bet was 26.5 [kilograms].”
Part of the crew
But the final weigh-in proved that Rambo’s reputation loomed a little larger than the animal’s corporeal reality. His fleece weighed in at just 5 kilograms.
Mr Waller plans to let the new ram join his small flock of sheep after they’ve gotten to know each other a little better.
“We’re hoping Rambo can join the crew. He landed with his bum in the butter,” he said.