Australian border collie saves flock of sheep from raging bushfire
A brave Australian border collie saved a flock of sheep from a raging bushfire, which was destroying farmland in the area, Metro reports. The heroic pooch, named Patsy, helped a farmer round up the sheep as the fire continued to blaze in the rural town of Corryong in Victoria.
She then brought them to safety in the farm's paddock while her owner tried to bring the fire under control using a tractor and a tank of water.
This heartwrenching footage shows a kind-hearted grandma rescuing a severely injured koala who was unable to escape the raging fires:
As a result of their decisive actions, the majority of the sheep survived, along with the hay bales, silage, shearing shed, and farmhouses.
The owner's sister, Cath Hill, has since posted pictures of her brother's "wonder dog" sitting on the destroyed farmland with the sheep it helped rescue.
This is how the farmland looks after the rescue:
According to Cath, her brother is continuing to put out fires in Corryong, which she says will go on for weeks.
"It’s like Armageddon," She told Metro. "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."
According to Cath, there were a couple of days when the weather cooled down which helped control the fires to an extent, however, she still fears the worst.
"They are expected to get worse around Thursday this week when hot windy weather returns," she said.
This is why the state of South Wales had little choice but to declare a week-long state of emergency:
A GoFundMe has been set up to help the residents of Corryong following the devastating fire.
If you would like to donate to fire departments as they tackle the ongoing crisis, please find the information below...
How you can donate:
The NSW Rural Fire Service has multiple options for direct donations. You can donate to the RFS as a whole, or to specific brigades. You can donate through bank transfer, credit card or cheque.
For bank transfers, there is a set bank account (Account Name: NSW Rural Fire Service, BSB: 032-001, Account No: 171051). This account is for the RFS as a whole.
This link will take you to the landing page for credit card donations. You can donate to the RFS general fund or choose specific brigades from the dropdown box.
In Queensland, Fire and Rescue advise that you can donate both money and items through the website givit.org.au. The website allows fire-affected communities to list what they specifically need, from water tanks in Yeppoon to school uniforms in Zillmere.
In Victoria, the Country Fire Authority has two bank accounts - one for specific brigades and one for the general fund.
If you cannot find the particular brigade you are looking for, you can contact them directly.