Woolly wonders rescued by RSPCA after breakout bust in West Norfolk
Curiosity may get EWE in trouble, especially if you're one of West Norfolk's adventure seeking sheep.
Two thrill-seeking sheep who became stuck under a road bridge over the River Great Ouse when heading out on their latest adventure have been rescued by the RSPCA.
The RSPCA and Norfolk Fire Service were called to The Causeway, Stowbridge, on Thursday after reports a sheep was stuck on a narrow ledge on a 20-foot high road bridge.
RSPCA Inspector Jon Knight said: "It was a real case of deja vu, for me. When I jumped in my van and read the notes from the emergency call I just couldn’t believe that another sheep had got stuck on the same bridge, just four days after the first!
"Thankfully, the fire service were fantastic and safely encouraged the sheep backwards along the ledge onto the riverbank, where he could be reunited with the flock.”
The latest rescue came just four days after another woolly wanderer had to be helped down from a ledge on the same bridge.
The first sheep was stuck on a different ledge under the river bridge, but with the tide beginning to come in, the situation was becoming more and more risky for the sheep.
Luckily, the callers contacted the RSPCA along with the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, who launched two boats to reach the sheep and see him to safety.
Mr Knight added: "Neither of the sheep would have been able to get themselves to safety without our help, and on both occasions Norfolk Fire and Rescue’s special water rescue equipment was absolutely essential.
"After both rescues, the sheep were none the worse for wear and they were returned to the flock.
"It’s very unusual that just four days after rescuing one sheep, we were called out to rescue a second on the very same bridge. It must be a very curious and brave flock!
"I’m really grateful for the help we received from Norfolk Fire and Rescue, and was pleased that in both situations we were able to assist and see the sheep safely back to the flock.
"We’ll now need to see if steps can be taken to keep these woolly wanderers in check."
The RSPCA is asking residents to call their emergency line on 0300 1234 999 if they see an animal in distress.