Luckily, while no one is sure how he got there, the field where he was wandering happened to be near an animal sanctuary.
"Meet Horace," wrote Pete Crosbie, of Australia's Willowite Animal Sanctuary, last week. "He is another example of how bad luck and good luck are simply two sides of the same coin."
Horace, like all Merino sheep, has been bred to produce large amounts of fine wool, and even a little neglect can lead to infection, maggots and terrible pain. Sadly, because of the sheer numbers of sheep used for wool in Australia, many of the sheep end up being treated less than delicately.