RSPCA Victoria have rescued an abandoned, roaming sheep from a forest in Redcastle, near Toolleen.
The sheep was found after a member of the public reported it roaming a property in Redcastle with no apparent flock or owner in July.
RSPCA inspectors arrived at the heavily wooded area and located the sheep only to find she was carrying 20 kilograms of fleece.
It was estimated the sheep hadn't been shorn for four years. Sheep are typically sheared at least once a year, usually in spring.
The sheep, who RSPCA inspectors have named Ewenice, was captured, sheared and had veterinary checks completed.
Ewenice has been sent to a new home in Geelong.
RSPCA Victoria head of inspectorate Terry Ness said sheep can suffer poor health and hygiene if they are not sheared regularly.
"Carrying such a large fleece for an extended period of time would have had dire impact on this ewe's welfare and quality of life," Mr Ness said. "It was fantastic to see her transformation after shearing and to send her on to her new home."
Anyone who has concerns about the welfare of an animal is encouraged to make a report to RSPCA Victoria's Inspectorate via the RSPCA Victoria website or by calling 9224 2222.