A farmer was forced to paddle to the rescue of his prized ram after it decided to take a dip in a frosty pond.
Ken Headspeath’s Zwartble tup, named Eebygum, became stranded after venturing out on to ice at Borland Farm, near Blairgowrie.
There followed a treacherous, if slightly comical, rescue attempt when his affectionate nature threatened to capsize temporary “captain” Ken.
“He was waterlogged and heavy. Every time I tried to pull him in, the edge of the boat neared the water line,” said Ken.
“I managed to haul him aboard and told him to stand still.
“As I went to the stern to paddle back, he joined me, nearly knocking me in and leaving the bow pointing skywards.
“We eventually got back to the bank.”