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Mare, 21, rescued from muddy ditch

Rescuers work to get strops around Chant before getting her out of the ditch.

Rescuers work to get strops around Chant before getting her out of the ditch. © www.burnham-on-sea.com

A 21-year-old mare named Chant has been rescued from a muddy ditch in a complex rescue operation in Somerset, England.

Burnham-on-sea.com reports that Chant came to grief in the ditch on Friday while sheltering from snow beneath trees and hedges.

Firefighters used ropes, harnesses, a tractor, and a digger in the rescue.

Firefighters used ropes, harnesses, a tractor, and a digger in the rescue.

Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called to Chant’s pasture, near Berrow, to rescue her.

Firefighters used ropes, harnesses, a tractor, and a digger in the rescue.

Chant’s owner, Faye Davis, told the website: “Chant had been sheltering from the snow overnight next to some trees when she seems to have slipped and slid into the ditch, underneath a hedge and tree branches. She was completely stuck.

“It was a distressing sight and we were really worried that the fire crew would not be able to get her out alive.

“Chant is very much a part of the family, having been with us for nine years, so she means a lot to us.”

The firefighters cleared vegetation from around Chant to provide better access before attaching the harness and pulling her free.

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  1. Ann M. Marini says:

    Thank God for compassionate people with a heart. Thank you for saving this mare’s life.

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