Saturday, March 25, 2017

United Kingdom: Highland sheep dog rescued from gorge after being missing for 12 days

UNITED KINGDOM -- A Highlands sheep dog has been rescued after being missing for 12 days.

Twelve-year-old Nell, who belongs to a crofter in Lochaber, was spotted near the foot of the Monessie Gorge near the Roybridge.

Staff at the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team abseiled down the gorge over the River Spey.

Nell was initially a bit timid but after a biscuit was coaxed out of her lair and put in a harness and brought up.

Note: I googled "crofter" and it said this:

a person who farms a croft.

Haha. Not much help! However, this link from Shelter Scotland was very helpful:

What is a croft?
A croft is not a house but a unit of agricultural land. Traditionally, crofts are situated on large estates, and are rented from the landowner. 

It has a whole page of FAQs explaining what the land is used for, common grazing, rights if live on a croft, etc. Interesting - a nice animal rescue story and I learned a new word today! :)

(Press and Journal - March 25, 2017)