RSPCA inspectors have rescued a sheep stranded on a Gower cliff.

The female sheep had been stuck on a ledge for three to four days at Rhossili Bay.

Following a call from a member of the public, inspector Rohan Barker searched for the sheep on Sunday, but was not able to locate it.

On Monday inspector Neill Manley returned to the bay with the caller who pointed out exactly where the sheep was stuck.

Inspector Richard Abbott, who oversees the rope rescue teams in England and Wales, brought a team together yesterday (Tuesday 21 October) to carry out the rescue.

The team included five officers: inspectors Richard Abbott, Rohan Barker, Neill Manley, Simon Evans and animal welfare officer Andrew Harris.

The team were able to set up around half way down the cliff and then abseiled down 30 metres (around 70-80 feet).

“The sheep was a bit weak because she had not had any food,” said inspector Abbott.

“She had probably been stuck there for three to four days.

“Andrew Harris jumped to catch her and we bagged and brought her up to safety.

“She was released somewhere safe near her flock at the top. We did a quick check of her and she just needed some food.”

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