Firefighters have rescued a lamb that became stuck in a 6ft deep ditch in Llanfaes, Brecon, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service has said.

Image: West Wales Fire and Rescue Service

Brecon Fire Station carried out the rescue of the lamb yesterday (Wednesday, June 19), and it was no easy operation.

“The incident involved carefully navigating steep terrain as well as overgrown vegetation which needed to be cut back using hand saws to access the lamb,” Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said. 

“Demonstrating their animal rescue training and skills, crew members used a triple-extension ladder to reach and to successfully and safely rescue the lamb and return it to its farmer.”

NI stuck cow

Over the weekend, a cow stuck in mud near Kircubbin, Co. Down, Northern Ireland, was saved after a two hour operation involving many firefighters, coastguard rescue teams and a group of farmers.

The cow wandered from Rowreagh farm to water connected to the land on Saturday (June 15), where the animal then entered a marshy area and sank down up to its neck.

A passer-by happened to see the cow in trouble and contacted the farmer, Thomas Steele.

Steele said that he initially tried to save the 500kg cow himself, by walking out to her, about 30 metres from the shoreline.

However, Steele said that he had began sinking in the mud and knew “it wasn’t worth the risk”.

He then contacted the emergency services, who dispatched the fire brigade and contacted animal rescue teams.

The Portaferry Coastguard Rescue Team; the Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team; and a specialist rescue team from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Services (NIFRS) all attended the scene.