A heroic border collie has saved a flock of sheep from a wall of fire as farmland is destroyed in the Australian bushfires.
Patsy, the working six-year-old sheepdog, loyally helped her farmer round up a herd of sheep as the flames bore down upon them in the rural town of Corryong in Victoria.
Patsy’s owner fought the fire in a tractor with a tank of water, whilst Patsy brought the sheep to the safest paddock on the farm.
Almost all of the sheep were saved thanks to Patsy and her owner, along with the hay bales, silage, shearing shed and farmhouses.
A picture was shared online by Cath Hill of her brother’s ‘wonder dog’, who is shown in one of the photos sat on scorched farmland, along with the saved sheep.
One shocking image shows Patsy as the flames are getting closer to her during the rescue mission.
Cath said that her brother is still fighting the fires in Corryong, which is likely to burn for a further few weeks.
She told the Metro: “It’s like the Armageddon.”
She added: “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 have been cooler weather for two days, which has helped stop the fires spreading faster, but she still fears that there is worse to come.
She said: “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.”
After the rescue, Cath congratulated Patsy on a job well done and she filmed the good girl sitting amongst the burnt field.
Currently, the residents of Corryong are crowdfunding to help families that have lost everything they have in the fires.
A GoFundMe has been set up by local resident Matt Wilson, and it has already raised $25,890 (£13,600), as the town prepares for weeks more of raging fires.
He wrote: ‘One of the great things about this place is the seclusion and still pristine condition of the rivers and mountains.
‘But that also means it’s easy to get cut off from the rest of the world. Cut off by road, or loss of power, or phone/internet.
‘Usually, they just get on with life when this happens, they do not complain, and they make do.
‘It is also a huge farming area, and so people live on properties which are not only their homes but their livelihoods.
‘This community has spent the New Year battling one of the biggest fires to ever come through the district. Every single little town and area has been affected in some way.
‘We have some bloody amazing firefighters who have risked their own lives and properties to save as much of others as possible. ‘They have saved a lot of houses, but many have not been this lucky; some have lost everything and a lot of farms, sheds, stock and feed have been lost. This is their livelihood.’