Australian ‘wonder dog’ saves flock of sheep from bushfires

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Australia, as severe bushfires continue to devastate the continent. About 16 million acres of land has been burnt and over a thousand homes destroyed.

But the biggest impact has been on Australia’s wildlife. Half a billion animals have died in the fires, and we don’t know what kind of ecological impact the fires will have on the populations.

It’s a disaster on a massive scale, but as the situation develops we can look to the heroes for a glimmer of hope, the brave people who have stepped up to rescue animals from the fires.

Animals, too, have been invaluable in rescuing wildlife, like Bear the dog who tracked down missing koalas. Now another dog is being hailed as a hero for saving a flock of sheep from the fires.

On New Years Eve, massive flames reached the rural town of Corryong in Victory, Australia:

Patsy, a six-year-old border collie, stepped up to save the day.

As her owner worked to fight the fire on their farm with a tank of water, Patsy rounded up the sheep and got them all to the safest paddock.

She then waited in a safe space for the emergency to pass. In the end, disaster was averted and the animals were saved.

“Almost all sheep are safe, along with the hay bales and silage, the shearing shed, and both farm houses,” wrote Cath Hill, Patsy’s owner’s sister, calling Patsy a “wonder dog.”

With so many heartbreaking stories about the bushfires, it’s good to hear an occasional positive one. Thank you, Patsy, for looking after your flock!

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