Sixteen sheep have died after falling through ice into a frozen pond in the UK.
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service was deployed to a rescue operation involving sheep in Burton Leonard. The incident occurred on a farm on Saturday, January 9th, 2021.
Sheep die after falling into frozen pond
In a statement, a fire spokesperson said:
“A number of crews attended a large quantity of sheep that had wandered on to a frozen pond causing the ice to break.”
“Crews worked to rescue the sheep using 2 inflatable walkways, raft, lines, lighting, thermal imaging camera and crew power. Unfortunately, of the 19 sheep rescue, 16 were dead.”
Meanwhile, last month, firefighters in Co. Monaghan rescued cattle from a slurry pit.
The rescue operation, involving Castleblayney Fire Crew, took place on Tuesday, December 15th, 2020.
In a brief statement, a spokesperson said: “Castleblayney Fire Crew today assisted in an animal rescue. Firefighters wearing flood suits and B.A. aided in the removal of a number of cattle from a slurry pit.”
“Gas monitors were also used to monitor the atmosphere of the slatted shed for the safety of the first responders.”
All animals were successfully rescued, according to Dermot Brannigan, Monaghan’s chief fire officer.
Cattle perish in truck fire
In December, a number of cattle died in a truck fire in Co. Limerick.
The incident occurred on the Limerick side of the Adare on the N21 on Sunday, December 6th.
The road was closed according to AA Roadwatch and re-opened the following morning.
Six units of Limerick Fire and Rescue service attended the scene, with Gardaí, after the alarm was raised shortly after 7.30pm.
In a statement at the time, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said:
“Gardaí attended the scene of an incident in Adare, Co. Limerick, on Sunday, December 6, 2020, at 7:30pm.”
“A truck was on fire at the scene. Fire services also attended and extinguished the fire. A number of animals are deceased as a result of the fire. Enquiries are ongoing.”