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A close shave: Lamb rescued from 40ft quarry tunnel

Photo: RSPCA

A lamb stuck down a 40-foot deep disused quarry tunnel has been rescued by the RSPCA and Coniston Mountain Rescue volunteers.

A geology student from Leeds University was doing fieldwork at the old Ash Ghyll slate quarry, near Coniston, when she spotted the trapped lamb.

An Inspector from the RSPCA met student Leigh Marsh at the site and quickly realised they would need to call on Mountain Rescue to help with the rescue.

Credit: RSPCA
Credit: RSPCA

Members of the Coniston Mountain Rescue team arrived within an hour and made their way down into the quarry, wading through an old tunnel to get to the lamb.

They were then able to catch it and secure it in an animal bag, while the local farmer who owned the lamb was traced.

The lamb was carefully hoisted up the quarry walls and was then carried down the fells where it was reunited with owner, Mr Inman from Highground Farm.

The lamb was checked over and despite its risky adventure, it hadn't suffered from any injuries.

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The RSPCA would like to offer their thanks to Leeds University student Leigh Marsh, who called the incident in and everyone at Coniston Mountain Rescue. That lamb would have died if it wasn’t for them.”

– RSPCA Inspector Victoria Westwood
Credit: RSPCA