A heartrending photo of a young girl cradling a dead sheep has laid bare the devastating impact of the recent drought in Australia.
The moving image was shared with a Facebook group created so thousands of people fighting across the country share how the drought has affected them.
You can see the girl holding the motionless animal under a bright sun at her family farm near Tenterfield, on the edge of New South Wales and Queensland.
Tenterfield has received only 18.8 mm of rain in August compared to an average of 55.3 mm since 2010, while the entire state of NSW was declared drought by the government earlier this month.
A heartrending photo of a small girl holding a dead sheep like a teddy bear on the state border of New South Wales-Queensland was posted on social media on Wednesday
A poem was also placed next to the photo, with the little girl crying in the poem that "the mother of the lamb died" and that she "will go and tell my mother"
A poem was published next to the photo by a member of the group on Wednesday, in which the little girl cries that Lamb's mom died & # 39; and that I would go and tell my mother & # 39;
The poem laments the impact of the continuing drought in New South Wales, which has received less than 20% of its usual precipitation since January, and southern Queensland.
In one line of the poem, the difficult situation of the family farm of the girl is revealed, with a farmer described as "tired of the fight", with a broken heart and pain in the body ".
In another verse, the poem says "the water wells are empty, the dams are broken and dry, a little girl carries a lamb and has a little cry".
Partially written from the perspective of a farmer, the poem reveals that from a herd of 300 sheep 100 on the farm near Tenterfield have already died.
Sydney received only 1.4 mm of rain in August, before the rain hit the state during the weekend, with an average precipitation for the month of 55 mm (cattle affected by the drought in the interior of New South Wales in the Photo)
The commentators on the photo, posted on One Day's Closer To Rain Facebook, offered their thoughts and prayers and promised to help the little girl and the farmer.
Others said they expected that the current sterile conditions would be alleviated soon and would give way to rain, with New South Wales receiving just 20% of its usual precipitation since January.
The commentators of the publication, who have shared more than four thousand times, showed their support for the long-suffering farmer and the girl in the photo.
One user commented: Words seem so inadequate when people face something like that. We are all trying to do everything we can. We just pray, it's enough to help everyone. "
Another added: "Praying for all of you to get the rain you need soon." I'm so sorry. & # 39;
The photo is the last reminder of the effects of drought on cattle on the east coast of Australia.
A jarring image of a baby lamb crying for its mother in NSW emerged earlier this month, and a record number of sheep were brought to auction on August 14 when farmers affected by the drought struggled to feed their livestock.
Despite the much-needed rains that hit much of NSW over the weekend, the Bureau of Meteorology warned that drier than normal conditions in the state and in Queensland will continue through spring.
The photo of the girl holding the dead sheep is the last reminder of the effect of the drought in New South Wales and South Queensland, following this jarring image