A farmer took to social media to highlight his anguish after a courier driver ran over one of his ewes, leaving it severely injured.
Ifan Evan Jones, a sheep farmer near Aberystwyth, Wales, was shocked to find his sheep injured following an incident with a courier vehicle on Saturday April 22.
The private courier company had been delivering a parcel to the farm house but was travelling ‘at some speed’ down the farm track, attracting Ifan’s attention.
Mr Jones said: “I was in the lambing shed when I saw the vehicle travelling quite fast and close up to the sheep, and thought to myself just slow down will you.
“My dad later came into the shed saying he thought a sheep had been ran over by the courier driver who had driven off without checking. I went to look and sure enough, I found her lying with severe front feet injuries by the water trough and could not believe it.”
After numerous attempts to contact the company, Mr Jones, who also works as a radio presenter for BBC Radio Cymru, decided to use social media to prompt the company to take accountability for the incident.
Mr Jones said: “The reaction from the farming community was phenomenal and really highlighted just how powerful social media can be, with people all over the country sharing the post and sending their thoughts.”
The courier company has since apologised to Mr Jones and offered to compensate him for any veterinary and medicine bills.
Reflecting on the situation, Mr Jones added: “It was clearly an accident and thankfully, the ewe looks set to make a full recovery.
“While I understand this is an incredibly stressful time with couriers under increasing pressure, I would like to urge them to slow down and take care on country roads and farm lanes, especially during lambing time and also at a time where many children are at home on the farm rather than at school due to the lockdown.”