Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Three fire crews involved in rescue of donkey from neck-deep mud

Firefighters have rescued a donkey named Geraldine trapped in neck-deep mud.

The donkey was found in a field in Clapton-in-Gordano, Somerset, with only her head poking out of the ground on Monday. It took more than two hours for fire crews from Portishead, Bedminster and Nailsea fire stations to pull 15-year-old Geraldine free using boards and strops.

She was reunited with her owners and after an operation, is now believed to be doing well, Avon Fire and Rescue Service said. A spokesman said: "Geraldine was discovered in neck-high mud. With only the top of her back, her neck and head visible firefighters set to work to free her.

"The incident was attended by the animal rescue unit which includes equipment and crews trained in assisting large animals. By the time crews left the scene she had returned to her stable to warm up and have something to eat."

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