Two RSPCA inspectors came to the rescue of a prize-winning New Zealand Sussex ram who got stuck in the mud in Buckinghamshire.
Inspectors Jaime Godfrey and Lauren Bailey were called to a farm in Thornborough, Buckingham, on Tuesday afternoon (March 15) by a dog walker who spotted a sheep in difficulty.
Inspector Godfrey said: “We were called to the scene by a member of the public who was alerted to the sheep by a strange sound and then saw him struggling in the mud.”
The ram was completely stuck in the about two foot of mud and was exhausted from battling to free himself.
Inspector Godfrey continued: "His legs were stuck deep in the mud and he’d clearly been struggling for a while.
“His face was covered in mud. I managed to get hold of the farmer who immediately came out to the field.
“It took all of our strength, heaving together to prize him out.
"We had to lift him straight up to ensure we didn’t hurt him and, in doing so, the mud came over our boots. We then had to pull each other out of the mud as we each became stuck ourselves.”
Once the sheep had been given a clean bill of health, he was taken back to the farm to be cleaned and warmed up.
Inspector Godfrey added: "He [the ram] was exhausted and couldn’t stand up, but he was lucky to have been spotted and saved without any major injuries.
"If he had been stuck out there much longer, he could well have died."