This is the dramatic moment a teenager came to the rescue of a sheep which got stuck in a bog of mud reaching up to its ears.
James Raeburn, 17, initially thought the animal was a corpse until he noticed the sheep attempting to open its eyes.
The amateur photographer was out near his home in Craigie, South Ayrshire, testing new lenses for his camera when he saw the sheep stuck deep in the mud.
When he saw the farmland animal struggling to open its eyes, he felt that he had to do something to help it get out of the mire.
James attempted a number of different techniques to lift the stuck sheep, which weighed around 70kg with the additional mud on top, out of its peril.