Middlesbrough: Lamb stuck in mud during heatwave rescued ‘just in time’

Middlesbrough: Lamb stuck in mud during heatwave rescued ‘just in time’

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A lamb that got submerged in mud during last week’s heat wave was rescued ‘just in time’.

The young animal was trapped for days until a dog walker spotted it on August 7.

He was then carried to safety by a brave team from the RSPCA who had been joined by firefighters for the rescue.

The lamb had gotten stuck in a stream near Middlesbrough that had turned into a quagmire due to the heat wave.

RSPCA inspector Steph Baines was called to Brass Castle Lane, Marton, by the dog walker who saw sheep trapped under an overhanging tree.

The poor animal “had sunk so deep that it was breathing bubbles in the mud.”

“Even though it was a lamb, it was still quite large and it got stuck fast,” said Ms Baines.

I tried to get the hook of the pole around his neck, but because of the angle he was reaching at, it was too tight and I could tell he would have hurt himself.

Handout photo issued by the RSPCA of a sheep that was sucked into mud in Marton, near Middlesborough, who was rescued by firefighters on August 7.  Issue date: Wednesday August 17, 2022. PA Photo.  See PA story ANIMALS Lamb.  Photo credit should read: RSPCA/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for contemporary illustration of the events, things, or people in the image or the facts mentioned in the caption.  Image reuse may require additional permission from the copyright holder.

The poor lamb had been completely trapped in the thick mud (Photo: PA)

We needed to find another way to get to him.

He then called the Cleveland Fire and Rescue Service for help, which mobilized a specialized underwater rescue team.

Two fire officials used a raft to travel through the mud, allowing one to “put the sling under the lamb’s neck” and bring it safely aboard.

Mrs Baines added: “As soon as we got him on dry land I put him in the kennel. He didn’t put up much of a fight, the poor thing, since he was devastated.

Date: 08/17/2022 A lamb shaved close after being trapped up to its neck in a muddy pond during high temperatures, trapped for several days in the dried-up watercourse on farmland near Brass Castle Lane in Marton near from Middlesbrough, Teeside before being rescued by the RSPCA and the Cleveland Fire and Rescue Service.  See story and VIDEO by North News

He was rescued by the RSPCA and the Cleveland Fire and Rescue Service (Image: North News & Pictures)

A veterinarian then checked the lamb before returning it safely to its herd.

He was said to be “exhausted and dirty” but “otherwise fine” after the traumatic experience.

Ms Baines added: “We tried to hose it down, though we didn’t want it to get too wet, so it will certainly stand out when it comes back to the herd.”

But there was no doubt that he was happy to be out.

Handout photo issued by the RSPCA of a sheep that was sucked into mud in Marton, near Middlesborough, who was rescued by firefighters on August 7.  Issue date: Wednesday August 17, 2022. PA Photo.  See PA story ANIMALS Lamb.  Photo credit should read: RSPCA/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for contemporary illustration of the events, things, or people in the image or the facts mentioned in the caption.  Image reuse may require additional permission from the copyright holder.

The tired lamb has been described as ‘exhausted’ but ‘otherwise fine’ (Image: PA)

‘To be honest, we got to him just in time when it was getting dark.

“I had to hold my rod under his chin to keep his head above the water.”

It was the second time in the same week that a sheep had been found stuck in the mud, so the RSPCA inspector spoke to the landowner.

He has promised to make repairs to the fences.

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