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Volunteers Help People and Animals in Australia’s Bushfires
Country Fire Service (CFS) Volunteer saves a baby kangaroo (known as a joey)
Many kangaroos had their natural habitat damaged or destroyed as a result of the bushfires including large parts of Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Australian’s worked hard to save as much of the indigenous wildlife as they could, however ecological damage was devastating
It is not just humans who want to help out, in times of crisis dogs can do also amazing things. Here is a story of an brave dog who made a difference this summer during Australia’s Bushfires.
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
Posted by Cath Hill on Friday, January 3, 2020
Bushfires consumed parts of Australia for months leaving nothing but death and destruction in their wake. Sadly some people lost homes, businesses and even their lives. Since September last year, the number of dead wild animals is more than 500 million, making these wildfires among the worst to ever hit Australia. The extensive damage caused by the fires has made people from all over the world to join hands with the local community.
Australians Pitch In To Help Others
The bushfires are the focus for a lot of people at the moment with some volunteering to fight the bushfires and others donating what they can to support those affected. Animals are not left out in this fight, and some are real heroes for saving the other animals. One great example of animal heroes in Australia at the moment is Patsy, a fantastic collie-kelpie cross who is six years old.
Flock of Sheep Saved
Patsy saved a flock of sheep while her owner fought bushfires he saw approaching their farm. Patsy’s farm is in a valley at the base of a mountain near Corryong town. The bushfires reached Patsy’s farm on New Year’s Eve.
The ability of Patsy to handle a flock of sheep so well comes as no surprise as her breed has an exceptional ability to work with cattle and sheep on farms. After the fires started Patsy and her owner stayed behind. The duo had to protect the farmhouse from the bushfires and to get the sheep into a safer paddock.
The other family members evacuated to a safer house away from the fires. As the owner put out the flames with a tractor armed with a water tank, Patsy bravely rounded up all the sheep and brought them to a safer paddock. The duo not only managed to save almost all sheep from the fires, but they also able to keep the hay, the silage, the shearing shed, and farmhouses.
Video Credits: Patsy The Wonderdog
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