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Scottish SPCA team up with Hebrides Mountain Rescue to come to aid of second lamb trapped on cliffs

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Lamb rescue

The Scottish SPCA rescued a lamb from the cliffs at the Butt of Lewis lighthouse on the Isle of Lewis, the second on the island in just over a month.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted to the incident after a member of the public spotted the lamb which had fallen in to a gully on 13 June.

In May another lamb had to be rescued in a similar situation from the cliffs of North Tolsta on the island.

Scottish SPCA auxiliary inspector Maggie Adkins said, “The lamb had become trapped as there were no foot holds it could use to escape from the gully and it was cut off by the sea.

“I knew I wouldn’t be able to reach the youngster as it was on an inaccessible part of the cliffs, so I called Hebrides Mountain Rescue Team who were once again able to help with the rescue.

“Thankfully the lamb was unharmed by its ordeal and we were able to reunite it with its mother shortly afterwards.

“I’m very grateful to Hebrides Mountain Rescue Team once again, especially at this difficult time with increased restrictions due to lockdown. Their continued support and assistance is greatly appreciated. Without them, I would not have been able to rescue the stranded lambs.”

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Mountain rescue with lamb

Charlie Greenwood, team leader at Hebrides Mountain Rescue Team, added, “The team responded with minimal personnel to rescue the fallen lamb safely.

“On arrival to the scene, we could tell this rescue was reasonably straightforward. The young sheep was quickly captured and removed from the coastal gorge.

“Minor changes to normal protocol were made to enable social distancing.

“After a check over from the crofter the lamb was reunited with its mother.

“Since the end of March the team has been unable to conduct its regular training programme, these animal rescues provide the opportunity to maintain key skills and help an animal in need.

“The team is looking forward to resuming training as soon as possible and will continue to help anyone or animals requiring assistance.”

If anyone finds an animal in distress they should call the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.