Plug and bray – donkey rescued after getting legs stuck in bog

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The donkey became stuck on Half Moon Common (photo: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service)

RESCUERS went to ass-ist a donkey which had become stuck in a muddy bog in the New Forest.


A concerned walker raised the alarm after spotting the animal’s front legs were submerged and was unable to get out on Half Moon Common, off Black Hill Road in Furzley, near Bramshaw, shortly before 9am yesterday.

Two Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service animal rescue specialists, from Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst, responded to the callout.

One of the rescuers told the A&T: “The bog is a floating layer of moss and if you break through that crust it’s very difficult to get your footing.

An animal rescue specialist on the scene

“The donkey’s front legs had broken through that crust and it couldn’t get out.”

The rescuers freed the animal by placing a strap underneath it and guiding it out onto hardstanding. A New Forest agister also attended and checked the donkey was okay.

“This was a low-tech rescue with very few resources used,” the rescuer added.

Pictures of the incident were posted on Twitter afterwards in a light-hearted post by the fire service.

“Have you herd this one? In Bramshaw this morning, a donkey’s front legs were stuck in mud,” it said.

“Two #TeamHants animal rescue advisors successfully ass-isted her out unharmed using rescue equipment.”