Britain’s loneliest sheep has been pampered and cared for by volunteers who mounted a dangerous mission to rescue him after he spent two years stranded on a rocky beach.
The sheep, who was named Fiona after being sheared, was taken to a farm in Scotland, on the initiative of the 5 farmers who rescued her, led by sheep shearer Cammy Wilson.
“Epic” rescue mission
Her rescuers used a winch mounted on a lorry parked at the top of the cliff, 200m of rope and a feed bag converted into a makeshift strap to haul Fiona to safety in what they described as an “epic” mission.
“She looks lighter today than yesterday,” Wilson told Sky News, joking that she is in excellent health as evidenced by her few extra pounds.
Fiona, who has spent the last two years on her own on the north-east coast of Scotland, was taken to Dalscone Farm in Dumfries after being examined by a vet.
Great will to live
The animal was spotted by Jill Turner when she was kayaking in 2021, and was alarmed when she discovered it was still there this year.
“I was impressed that it survived all the weather conditions of the last year and seemed to want to contact us,” she tells the Daily Mail, explaining that she didn’t notify the authorities because she really thought it was part of a herd.
Finally good, all good for Fiona who won’t be alone again.