Carmarthenshire County Council animal health officers have helped rescue a sheep who was spotted stuck in a ravine on the Black Mountain.

A member of the public contacted the council after coming across the sheep whilst out on a walk.

He agreed to meet animal health officers in a nearby car park and hiked with them across the Black Mountain to lead them to the stricken ewe.

The officers used their contacts with local farmers, and eventually – with the help of farmer Colin Evans, his Border Collie Jim, and some rope – they managed to lift her out of the hole.

Officer Angharad Rees said: “This kind of thing doesn’t happen often – it’s more common for us to try and trace owners of lost sheep but we haven’t had one stuck down a hole before! 

“Thankfully, she was fine. We don’t think she had been down there very long as she was still very sharp and made a run for it as soon as we got her out.

“We’d like to thank the member of the public who brought this to our attention, and the farmer who came to our aid. It was a happy story in the end.”

The council’s animal health officers have a remit to protect the health and welfare of domestic and wild animals, and work alongside the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), other government bodies and independent organisations like the RSPCA.

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