Caught in the fork of a tree … in a swollen river.
An unusual animal rescue on Monday saw Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) and State Emergency Service (SES) crews in Yass float a boat to save a sheep.
Captain Scott Lang said a landholder notified FRNSW that a sheep had become caught in a tree in Yass River.
“It’s not uncommon to do animal rescue: it’s part of our core business,” Captain Lang said. But “we’ve never done a sheep in a river, in a tree. [It] is one of our more unusual incidents.”
Firefighters were alerted at 1pm on January 7, and called on the SES for use of a flood rescue boat to retrieve the sheep, about 10 metres from the river bank.
The landowner said they thought a dog had chased the sheep around a nearby paddock and into the waterway. “It was actually very lucky,” Captain Lang said. “It was fully submerged with the exception of its head.”