Sheep res­cued from pond

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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

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