An unusual spin-off from the Great Plains Zoo will benefit sheep growers meeting in Brookings this weekend.
Wool sheared from a pair of the zoo's Jacob sheep went into the making of a practice shawl that will be featured in a "Fleece to Shawl" competition during the sheep growers' convention.
“We get a lot of interesting requests at the zoo. But this is actually one that's really fun. We've taken the wool from our animals and it's been spun into really beautiful thread and now woven into a beautiful shawl,” Great Plains Zoo CEO and President Elizabeth Whealy said.
Just one sheep can produce up to ten pounds of wool. Jacob sheep wool is ideal for spinning because of its light texture. The shawl will in turn, be donated back to the zoo.