This footage from farmer Stuart Mactier highlights the extraordinary sheep who were found alive after being buried deep under snow at a farm near Newton Stewart:
This footage shows the dramatic moment Galloway farmer Stuart Mactier discovered sheep still alive after 11 days buried under a huge snow drift:
A farmer from Galloway was shocked to find that one of his sheep was still alive after being buried under snow for 11 days.
Stuart Mactier from Mochrum, near Newton Stewart, managed to dig the ewe out from a deep snow drift.
A couple of days later and the sheep is up and walking about, and enjoying eating again- after being starved for so long.
On Wednesday 27th March the SSPCA were called after a white cat was discovered at Mansfield Place, Newton Stewart.
The cat gave birth to six healthy kittens on Wednesday night and all seven felines are now being cared for at Dunragit Kennels in Stranraer. The mother has been named Bianca.
Animal Rescue Officer Alistair Hill said:
– Alistair Hill, Scottish SPCA
It's possible Bianca has escaped from home just before giving birth as she is in good overall condition.
"With the snow and freezing temperatures we've been experiencing, these kittens wouldn't have survived for long if Bianca had given birth outside so we're very glad she was found.
"She isn't wearing a collar and isn't microchipped so we're hoping someone will recognise her.
"There's every chance her owner is distraught that she has gone missing and we'd be delighted to be able to return Bianca and her six new additions home soon."
The results of a post mortem on a 60 foot whale that washed up near Newton Stewart are expected to be known this week.
Experts have being trying to establish how the mammal came to be swimming along the Solway before getting stranded on 17th February.
Marine Scotland normally investigate around two or three incidences of whale beachings a year.
Their findings are used to asses environmental stresses on whale populations.
They also examine other marine species to gauge wider issues affecting the seas off the British Isles.
Dumfries and Galloway Council said it was extremely unusual for a creature as large as this one to wash up on the shore in south-west Scotland.
The council are hoping to bury it above the high tide mark sometime later today or tomorrow in order to prevent its carcass from causing contamination along the beach.
Doctor Andrew Brownlow, who carried out an autopsy on the whale, admitted he was not sure how the mammal came to swim up the Solway but concluded it might have simply been lost.
The juvenile male may have been following a shoal of fish or other food source and become disorientated.
The Fin Whale normally lives in the mid Atlantic.
The species spends the summer near the Arctic but comes further south in the winter.
A post mortem has been carried out on a 25-tonne whale washed up on a beach on the Galloway coastline.
The 57 foot long Fin Whale, believed to be around 15 years old, was discovered on the beach near Newton Stewart on Sunday evening (17th February).
It was still alive when it was found but was left stranded by the tide and did not survive.
An examination was carried out by marine expert Dr Andrew Brownlow.
His preliminary findings show the whale died due to being unable to support its massive weight out of the water and probably drowned after inhaling sea water.
Vets are now carrying out an autopsy on the 60 foot whale to establish the cause of death.