A heroic border collie rounded up a flock of sheep and herded them to the safety, in spite of a wildfire blaze tearing towards their farm in Australia.
Patsy the six-year-old sheep dog and her owner, braved the bushfires on New Year’s Eve, as they swept through the rural town of Corryong in Victoria, in the south-east of Australia.
Despite the flames roaring towards Patsy’s owner’s land, both were determined to ensure the sheep were as safe as possible.
Taking to social media, Cath Hill, the sister of the sheep dog’s owner, said: “Cool as a cucumber, Patsy waited with him until the fire got close enough to fight with a tractor and water pump.
“Almost all sheep are safe, along with the hay bales and silage, the shearing shed, and both farm houses. My brother does not do social media, but Patsy does.”
With extreme bushfires killing more than 100,000 sheep and cattle, Mrs Hill highlighted the devastating impact the fires have had on farmers like her brother.
She added: “Everyone is just trying to get water and feed to their animals, put down the ones that cannot be saved, get temporary fences up to keep stock secure, and put out all the logs and stumps still burning.
“And there are people who have nothing left but the clothes on their backs.”
According to the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), thousands of Australian farmers have been impacted – losing their homes, livestock and infrastructure.