As Australia burns, there are many people who are coming forward to help the animals and firefighters to control the situation. But did you know that even animals are coming in to help on their own? Here is a hero border collie who rescued a herd of sheep from a wall of fire that was engulfing Australian farmland. Patsy is a 6-year-old working dog who rounded up the sheep with farmers as flames engulfed the rural town present in Corryong, located in Victoria. The border collie brought the sheep to the safest paddock present on the farm. Her owner, at that time, was fighting the fire in a tractor with the help of a water tank.
The border collie was captured on camera by the sister of the owner, Cath Hill. She was standing in front of the scorched farmland. The smoke from the farmland was filling up the sky. Another picture shows the border collie in the middle of his rescue. According to Cath Hill, her brother is still fighting the fire in Corryong. Unfortunately, it seems like the fire will be lasting for weeks. For her, it is Armageddon.
What she saw next was truly shocking. She described what she saw was going on there. People were trying to get water and feed the animals. They were shooting down animals that were too injured to be saved. Temporary fences were being set up to secure the stock. But the wooden stumps and logs were burning even now. There were even people who had no clothes on them.
Though according to Cath, two days of cool temperature has not let the fires move out fast – worse might be on the horizon. Especially, since hot windy weathers are being expected to return.
There is so much bad news coming in. So, Cath thought about putting Patsy and his rescue story out in the open. The hero border collie could be an inspiration.
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The Corryong residents are trying to fund money to help those who lost everything in this wildfire. A GoFundMe account has been set up by a local resident Matt Wilson. They have already been able to raise around $26,000.
The place is generally praised because of its seclusion. It has wonderful mountains and rivers. But it is also cut off from the world. There is no connection with roads, no internet, power or phone. They don’t complain when these services are erratic. The place is a farming area as well and people live on their properties. These properties may not always be their home – but they give them their livelihood. But this New Year, they spent the time battling this dreaded wildfire.
The firefighters have kept fighting and tried to keep the fire low while risking themselves. Many houses were saved but some were not lucky. Many farms were lost. Thousands of kangaroos and koalas are estimated to be dead. Entire species might be wiped out. And the numbers are only going to soar.
Maybe the tales of this hero border collie brings a little bit of faith in our heart among all this turmoil.