Australia: How Patsy the Wonder Dog saved her flock of sheep as bushfires raged

Meet Patsy – now known as the Corryong Wonder Dog.

When the fire closed in on the tiny Victoria town, in the early hours of New Year’s Eve, Patsy sprang into action to herd her 900 sheep into a safe paddock away from the moving fire front.

“I’d have been stuffed without Patsy,” owner Stephen Hill told SBS News.

“She’s earned front-seat privileges for the rest of her life.”

Patsy - who bravely stayed to protect her 900 strong flock of sheep - and owner Stephen Hill.

Patsy – who bravely stayed to protect her 900 strong flock of sheep – and owner Stephen Hill.
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Despite the heat and terrifying conditions, Mr Hill said Patsy kept her cool and kept an eye on her charges, even as smoke blanketed the property.

While the property lost several sheds, only a handful of sheep were killed during the firestorm.

Patsy kept clam in the face of the raging bushfires.

Patsy kept clam in the face of the raging bushfires.
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