RSPCA worker gets stuck in to res­cue mud-bound sheep

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View - By Molly Mile­hamChap­pell

An RSCPA worker got more than he bar­gained for when he had to res­cue a sheep trapped in a muddy dyke.

The char­ity was called to help the an­i­mal in Newen­den last week.

RSPCA In­spec­tor David Grant re­ceived a call from a wor­ried mem­ber of the pub­lic, who had spot­ted the fe­male sheep stuck up to her shoul­ders.

He said: “I cur­rently have a hire ve­hi­cle as my RSPCA van is in for a ser­vice and it meant that the only pro­tec­tive cloth­ing I ac­tu­ally had was a pair of wellies and I didn’t have any ropes, which I could have nor­mally used to pull her out.

“But the sheep needed res­cu­ing so I just got ‘stuck in’ and went deep into the thick black mud to pull her out.

“When I first saw her she re­ally did look a sorry sight. She was well and truly plugged in this hor­ri­ble thick gooey black mud.

“She was stuck up over her legs and half her back, and it was like quick­sand the more she moved the more she got stuck.”

Mr Grant climbed in and, af­ter about 10 or 15 min­utes of hard pulling, man­aged to get the sheep out.

Luck­ily, the ewe was not in­jured, and she was able to re­join the flock af­ter a quick check-up.

He con­tin­ued: “Had she re­mained stuck there she would have died, as she was un­able to get out of her sit­u­a­tion with­out help.

“I re­turned back to the caller’s home, and they hosed me down as I was cov­ered in mud up to my arms.

“Let’s just say my white shirt wasn’t white any­more!

“I was then back on the road and car­ried out the rest of my day’s work. I just had to ex­plain to a few peo­ple why I was so stinky. It’s all in a day’s work.”

‘I had to ex­plain to a few peo­ple why I was so stinky’

The stranded sheep and RSPCA In­spec­tor David Grant

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