At around 5.00pm on Thursday, firefighters in the northwestern Romanian city of Dej were called to private land where a flock of sheep had fallen into a pit filled with bituminous resin.
The firefighters intially tried to keep the sheep's heads above the resin so that they could breathe.
Then they started the actual saving of the animals, which were sinking into the bitumen.
The rescue operation was extremely difficult as the sun-melted tar stuck to shoes of the firefighters.
After approximately three hours all nine sheep were saved.