A border collie named Patsy contributed to the animal rescue efforts in Australia last week, rounding up a flock of sheep and herding them away from huge fires that were advancing towards the farm they call home.
The farm is located in the rural town of Corryong in Victoria, Australia, where fires have been tearing through the region.
Cath Hill, the sister of Patsy’s human, shared a picture of the dog on Instagram after the sheep were moved to safety.
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This is Patsy just after she and her human brought the sheep to safety on the morning of New Year’s Eve. Cool as a cucumber, Patsy waited with him until the fire got close enough to fight with a tractor and water pump. What a team! #patsythecorryongwonderdog #strongincorryong
In an interview with Metro, Cath explained that the local community is in a very desperate situation.
“Everyone is just trying to get water and feed to their animals, shoot the ones that can’t be saved, get temporary fences up to keep stock secure, and put out all the logs and stumps still burning. And there’s people who have nothing left but the clothes on their backs,” Cath said.
Luckily, the weather has cooled off a bit in Victoria, and rain has fallen in some areas, but Cath fears that the worst is still to come.
“They are expected to get worse around Thursday this week when hot windy weather returns. It’s unbelievable and it’s only going to get worse. That’s why we put Patsy’s story out there. People need something positive,” she added.
Allow me to introduce Patsy the wonder dog. In the early hours of 31 December 2019, while fire in Corryong was bearing down them, she and my brother rounded up the sheep and brought them to the safest paddock on the farm. She then found a safe spot while my brother fought the fire with a tractor and a tank of water. Almost all sheep are safe, along with the hay bales and silage, the shearing shed, and both farm houses. My brother doesn’t do social media, but Patsy does. Great job little girl 🙂Update 7 January 2020 – Patsy and her family are busy cleaning up the farm and helping others get sorted out. You can help too! They would love you to donate to these bushfire relief fundraising collections: https://www.wildlifevictoria.org.au/?view=article&id=145:helping-wildlife-during-bushfires&catid=11:wildlife-informationhttps://blazeaid.com.au/donations/how-donate/https://www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/disaster-relief-and-recovery-donateUpdate 5 January 2020 – Patsy is now on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/p/B67HA-xHJSH/?igshid=126abkbj2hytc #patsythecorryongwonderdog #strongincorryongUpdate 4 January 2020 – Patsy’s story is spreading, so for those people who would like to donate funds to help the Upper Murray community, please support these links which are confirmed to be genuine and keep sharing Patsy’s post 🙂https://www.parksideproduce.net.au/products/feed-for-fire-gift-voucherhttps://www.gofundme.com/f/xycjem-cudgewa-has-burnt?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheethttps://www.gofundme.com/f/a-little-town-and-its-community-need-some-help?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet
Gepostet von Cath Hill am Freitag, 3. Januar 2020
The estimated number of animals to have lost their lives in the Australian wildfires has soared to over one billion.
Chris Dickman, an ecologist at the University of Sydney, told HuffPost that “Over a billion would be a very conservative figure.”
Since the fires began in September, 12 million acres of land have been burned, leaving an untold number of animals without homes, and causing massive damages to property. To put this into perspective, just over 2 million acres of land were burned in the recent wildfires in the Amazon.
Image Credit: patsythecorryongwonderdog