Sheep rescued from pond
A sheep in danger of drowning after becoming stuck in a pond was saved by firefighters in a heartwarming rescue.
Pensioner Norman Brice saw the sheep struggling to stay afloat and a woman attempting to rescue it in a field between Appledore Road and Woodchurch Road, Tenterden.
He said: “The sheep was just floundering and right up to its neck in water. It was horrible to watch and if the fire brigade hadn’t arrived it would have soon succumbed to the cold and the water.”
Kent Fire and Rescue’s specialist animal rescue unit, along with RSPCA officers, responded to Mr Brice’s call on Monday of last week.
Crews attended at 1.16 pm and used an inflatable platform to reach the sheep, which had become trapped in underwater vegetation in the pond, which was 30m in circumference. They then used a reach and rescue pole to drag the animal to safety.
A Kent Fire and Rescue spokesman said the service always attends when there is a risk that a member of the public could be injured attempting to rescue an animal.
Fire crews rescue a stranded sheep just behind Homewood School’s football field
The RSPCA also helped in the rescue operation