A sheep trapped on a ledge on the side of Tryfan Mountain in the Ogwen Valley of Snowdonia has been rescued by the RSPCA.

View from RSPCA inspector Mike Pugh pic 2The sheep – which had been there for some days – was spotted around 100 metres down and was unable to move out of danger.

The RSPCA team included inspectors, Mike Pugh, Vicky Taylor (who was the team leader), Nayman Dunderdale: Mark Roberts: Fred Armstrong; and animal collection officer (ACO) Ann Lloyd Williams.

RSPCA inspector Mike Pugh said: “Inspectors Vicky
​Taylor​, Mark Roberts and ACO Lloyd Williams set up on the cliff above the sheep and Inspector Nayman and myself descended over 100 metres to reach the sheep on a ledge.

“The sheep was then lowered down the cliff to inspector Armstrong who was waiting below. The sheep was uninjured but was very hungry.

“Once released from the bag the sheep was so hungry he just stayed nearby feeding, while we sorted out all the ropes and equipment.

Inspector Pugh said the rescue was made a little difficult when a blizzard swept down the valley. View from RSPCA inspector Mike Pugh pic1

“Temperatures dropped to below freezing,” he said. “But the fact that we were caught up in a blizzard with the wind and rain meant that the successful outcome of the rescue was all the more rewarding.”

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