A heavily pregnant ewe was found alive and well on Monday after being buried in a snowdrift for 11 days by 19-year-old Stuart Mactier from Boghouse Farm, Mochrum.
After the blizzards of last weekend Stuart, who is an student of agriculture in Dumfries, and his brother Sam were helping his dad with the unsavoury task of trying to dig out dead sheep from deep snowdrifts on the Barr, a hilly area between Mochrum and Elrig, when he was astounded to find the ewe blinking into the sunlight from under a pile of dead sheep.
A still astonished Stuart said on Tuesday: ”I couldn’t believe it and the most amazing thing is she was absolutely fine. Bright-eyed. The others on top of her were all dead but she had somehow survived.”
Stuart brought the four-year-old Scotch Mule cross ewe back to the steading near the farmhouse where she is continuing to recover from her ordeal and is due to lamb shortly.
Since he posted the picture on a social media site the story of her survival has had 16,000 hits and Stuart, and the ewe, have now become a media stars!