A seven-strong team of RSPCA officers have staged a remarkable rescue of a trapped sheep from a quarry in Snowdonia.

The sheep had been trapped for approximately two weeks, and was stuck several hundred feet down the quarry, which prompted a call to the RSPCA.

RSPCA officers arrived at the scene to find the sheep uninjured, and with access to food and water, but with no way to return safely to land.

Inspectors Mark Roberts, Mike Pugh, Andy Broadbent, Kia Thomas, Jenny Anderton, Vicki Taylor and animal collection officer Ann Lloyd-Williams were involved in the incredible rescue, captured on video.

The rescue saw officers abseiling down the quarry, before the sheep was collected and bagged, and brought back to safety.

Fortunately, the sheep rescue was completed successfully, with the ewe released to join the rest of her flock. The rescue took place on 25 January.

RSPCA inspector Mark Roberts said:

“This was a highly complex animal rescue that required rope teams and significant RSPCA resources.

“Fortunately, the sheep was uninjured and this operation was a success, with the ewe now safely back with the rest of the flock.

“This was a great example as to the lengths RSPCA Cymru will go to, in the name of animal welfare. If you spot an animal in distress, please call the RSPCA’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.”

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