Daily Star readers flock in their thousands to save UK’s loneliest sheep

More than 50,000 people have signed up to the Daily Star’s campaign to save Woolly the sheep.

Britain’s loneliest ewe has been stranded at the foot of a cliff for the past two years. She was first spotted in 2021 on the rocky beach near Balintore, Easter Ross.

Now a Change.org petition to rescue Woolly has gathered more than 54,000 signatures. It reads: “We want to raise funds for professional animal rescuers who have the skills and resources necessary for such a challenging operation.”

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We revealed how the British Hovercraft Company has offered to rescue Woolly.

A GoFundMe page to raise the cash to pay for the mission was last night almost halfway to its £2,000 goal.

Chief hovercraft pilot Benn Bristow told your Daily Star: “It would be a team of six, including myself, and the mission would take place the week after next.”

He added that the sooner Woolly is rescued the better, due to the worsening weather conditions at this time of year. A vet would also be on board to assess Woolly’s condition.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has been accused of taking “too long” to organise a rescue attempt.

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A spokesman said they were “aware” of the stranded sheep, but added she was not in any “immediate danger” and they were working on a rescue plan.

It added that due to the time in isolation Woolly was now deemed to be feral, and was likely to be stressed by human contact.

A spokeswoman added: “The sheep will be very difficult to catch without gates and hurdles and is likely to be fearful and run away. If the sheep becomes too distressed, there is the possibility they may run into the sea, which will present further challenges."

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