Firefighters rescue tiny lamb stranded by wildfire
Firefighters rescued a stricken lamb from the aftermath of a wildfire – and helped cool it down with a bottle of water.
The retained crew had worked hard to extinguish the blaze that had taken hold of five square miles across the remote hills of Inverclyde on Friday, May 12.
Neil Goldie, Willie McColl, Lloyd Baillie and Phil Moir were returning to their appliance when they heard the lamb’s cries and went to the rescue.
The touching image of the crew – based at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Skelmorlie station in Ayrshire – was taken by Neil Goldie.
His colleague, Phil Moir, said: “We had a lengthy hike to get to the fire which we attacked with beaters. It was a challenging environment but we had to move quickly because it was windy and this can help the flames to spread.
“We worked as a team and it was extinguished but while returning to the appliance we spotted the lamb in a patch of burnt ground so we scooped it up and gave it some water.
“It did appear to have suffered some burns, so we carried it down off the moor and took it to the nearby farm.
“The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is a humanitarian and compassionate organisation and firefighters always seeks to save and preserve life - and that includes this little lamb.