Kid rescue: tiny goat saved from Cheddar Gorge ledge

The usually busy tourist attraction of Cheddar Gorge echoed to the sound of a distressed little goat during the lockdown.

The kid had become stranded on a ledge some 400ft up the limestone gorge cliff face in Somerset.

Luckily for him, his cries were heard by a member of the public, who alerted the RSPCA.

Video shows the little billy goat crying for help:

Up on the hill was a lonely goat: a specialist fire and rescue team reaches the kid. Credit: RSPCA

Animal rescuers had initially hoped the goat would be able to free himself, but when he was still there and crying for his mum two days later, the rescue mission was set into full swing.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service were called in and deployed their specialist equipment to scale the cliff face and reach the stricken animal.

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service worked alongside the RSPCA Credit: RSPCA

There have been feral goats and Soay sheep on the slopes of the gorge since the 1990s, when they were introduced to maintain grazing levels and to promote the growth of wild flowers.