International interest in Shrek the sheep's death escalated
yesterday, with owner and minder John Perriam being
interviewed for the BBC in England and for Australian
There were also hints the famous merino might not be
cremated, but preserved for posterity, Phar Lap-style.
"The Shrek story is just as strong as it ever was. Even
though he's died, his story lives on," Mr Perriam said.
"The BBC was telling its viewers that New Zealand was in
mourning for the loss of its most famous sheep, and talked
about Shrek's journey, his discovery and the shearing and
what he's done in the past seven years. The publicity has
been really good exposure for New Zealand again."
Mr Perriam said it was "pretty astounding" to find out the
news item on the sheep was the second most popular story on
many United Kingdom news websites.
No date has been arranged yet for Shrek's funeral but Mr
Perriam was grateful to learn one could be staged at the
Church of the Good Shepherd, at Tekapo.
He had planned to cremate Shrek, who died on Monday, and
scatter the ashes at Bendigo Station and on Mount Cook, but
was reconsidering that proposal.
"I've heard from some people who are disappointed he's going
to be cremated and would rather him be preserved, like Phar
Lap was, so we need to weigh that up, and get our heads
around that idea."
"Te Papa and the Otago Museum had approached us quite some
time ago, to indicate their interest if Shrek was going to be
preserved after his death," Mr Perriam said.