Six-year-old Romeo is safe after finding himself in a pickle at the bottom of a steep river bank in England.
It took crews from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue about two hours to return Romeo to dry ground, after which he trotted over to his owner and let out a neigh of thanks.
Friday’s late-morning rescue in Barnsley resulted after Romeo ended up stuck down a steep river bank with seemingly no route of escape.
The RSCPA attended to check on Romeo and he was sedated by a vet while firefighters dug through the river bank to create an escape path.
Just under two hours later Romeo was freed, led to safety using harnesses and apparently none the worse for his ordeal.
“This wasn’t an easy rescue at all, and our firefighters worked extremely hard to dig away the bank,” station manager Simon Dillon said.
“The large tree roots in the bank made that really difficult, but we got there in the end.
“Once out, he trotted over to his owner and let out a neigh of thanks to the crews.
“He was checked over at the scene by the vet and other than a couple of scrapes where he had tried to get out himself, he was unharmed by the experience.
“The specialist equipment we carry on our new heavy rescue pumps is ideally suited to this kind of large animal rescue, and we used a lot of it, including harnesses and winches, to perform this rescue.”
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue’s four heavy rescue trucks were introduced last year and incorporate a wide range of specialist rescue capabilities into a traditional fire appliance, with the vehicles attending anything from house fires to challenging technical incidents, such as large animal rescues.
Cudworth, Edlington, Aston Park and Tankersley fire crews performed the rescue.