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Geraldine the donkey rescued from neck-deep mud

Geraldine rests and being returned to solid ground. Photo: Avon Fire and Rescue Service

Geraldine rests and being returned to solid ground. © Avon Fire and Rescue Service

A 15-year-old donkey named Geraldine is the latest victim of rain storms across Britain, finding herself trapped neck-deep in mud.

Firefighters works to free Geraldine. Photo: Avon Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters works to free Geraldine. © Avon Fire and Rescue Service

Fire crews from the Avon Fire and Rescue Service came to the aid of Geraldine early on Monday morning, after she became stuck overnight.

Crews from Clevedon, Bedminster and Nailsea fire stations were dispatched when Geraldine was discovered by her owners stuck fast in her pasture in Gordano.

Only the top of her back, her neck and her head were visible.

The service’s animal rescue unit, which has specialist equipment and personnel trained in assisting large animals, was also called.

Using boards and strops, firefighters were able to gradually pull Geraldine from the mud in an operation that lasted about two hours.

Once freed, she was reunited with her concerned owners.

As fire crews left, Geraldine was back in her stable to warm up and have something to eat.

The British RSPCA reported last Friday that it had rescued 400 animals in just three days, including 40 fish and 30 chickens.

RSPCA flood rescue co-ordinator Jason Finch said its water rescue teams had done an amazing job with limited resources.

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