Photo(s) of The Day: Lady Gaga’s First Haircut
Lady Gaga, one of Mount Vernon’s yearling sheep, received her first shearing on Friday. Many people watched as wool came flying off the old fashioned way, sans electric shears.
The event was part of an ongoing sheep shearing demonstration, which takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in May from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Sheep shearing is a fascinating process. Not only do the sheep sometimes play half-dead while being sheared (hence some of the strange contortions in which Lady Gaga can be see above) but by the time the process is over, around six or seven pounds of wool will be extracted from each animal. Sheep’s wool is coated in lanolin, an oil that is often used in lotion. Lanolin makes the sheep’s coat impermeable by water so that when it rains, the six pounds of wool that each sheep is wearing doesn’t become saturated.
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