Chocolate the donkey found herself in a gooey mess, but it was nothing the rescue specialists from Cheshire Fire & Rescue in England couldn’t handle.
Firefighters specially trained in animal rescue went to the aid of Chocolate last Friday after she got stuck in mud in a field in Congleton.
Chocolate, 26, had been turned out in the field in Somerford by her owner, Joy Young, but the jenny ended up stuck up to her middle in a boggy pit.
Young was alerted to Chocolate’s predicament around 1pm when she went for a walk with her dog.
Crews from Congleton attended and a specialist Animal Rescue Unit from Bollington was summoned to get Chocolate out.
They attached straps and used human muscle power to pull her to safety.
Mobile incident command officer Ian Pugh, who attended the rescue, said: “The straps and harnesses we used ensured that this donkey was rescued in the safest possible way by firefighters who are trained to deal with this type of situation.”
The crews, he said, worked hard for two hours to complete the rescue.
Chocolate was immediately reunited with Young, who called a vet due to her having difficulty walking after the ordeal.
Young, who has owned donkeys for many years, said: “The firefighters did a phenomenal job getting her out and could not have been more helpful or concerned for her welfare. They stayed right up until the vet arrived and kept her calm throughout.
“She is still a little stiff on her back leg but is now on medication so we are hoping she makes a full recovery.”