Donkey rescued from 'neck-high mud' in Clapton-in-Gordano

Donkey covered in mud The donkey was found with just the top of its back, neck and head visible

Firefighters have rescued a donkey trapped in "neck-high" mud.

The donkey, called Geraldine, was found in a field in Clapton-in-Gordano, Somerset, with only her head poking out of the ground on Monday.

It took more than two hours for fire crews to pull the 15-year-old donkey free using boards and strops.

She was reunited with her owners and after an operation, is now believed to be doing well, Avon Fire and Rescue Service said.

Donkey being rescued by firefighters Firefighters spent over two hours gradually pulling the donkey from the mud

A spokesman said: "Geraldine was discovered in neck-high mud. With only the top of her back, her neck and head visible firefighters set to work to free her.

"The incident was attended by the animal rescue unit which includes equipment and crews trained in assisting large animals.

"By the time crews left the scene she had returned to her stable to warm up and have something to eat."

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Bristol



29 °C 17 °C


  • Shinji Mikamo's father's watchTime peace

    The story of the watch that survived Hiroshima

  • A man hangs a Catalan flag at his balcony near Barcelona in 2013Caledonia homage

    Who are the Europeans with an eye on the Scottish referendum?

  • Elephant Diaries - BBCGoing wild

    Wildlife film-makers reveal the tricks of the trade

  • Hamas rally in the West Bank village of Yatta, 2006Hamas hopes

    Why the Palestinian group won't back down yet

  • A woman dining aloneTable for one

    The restaurants that love solo diners

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.