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

Donkey covered in mud Image copyright Avon Fire and Rescue Service
Image caption 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.

Image copyright Avon Fire and Rescue Service
Image caption 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."

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