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Firefighters lure lamb out of drain with mobile app
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Firefighters lure lamb out of drain with mobile app

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A lamb knows the sound of its own mother's bleat, unless its a smartphone making the noise of course.
A lamb knows the sound of its own mother's bleat, unless its a smartphone making the noise of course.

A two-week-old lamb left members of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) in a tricky situation on a farm near Fintona, Co Tyrone, on Thursday.

The lamb found itself several meters up a horizontal drain, which was several feet underground.

Crew Commander Uel Gallagher tried to lure the lamb out with his best impression of a concerned ewe, but the lamb wasn’t buying it.

“When this had limited success, the resourceful crew turned to modern technology and used a phone app to imitate sheep sounds to coax it out,” NIFRS stated on their Facebook page.

The lamb made out towards the end of the drain, but not far enough for the firefighters to grab it. What next, you ask?

Local sheep farmer Harold Crawford was contacted by the crew who agreed to help with his sheepdog. The well-trained dog went up the drain and helped drive the lamb out to the end to safety.

NIFRS has pointed out that animals in distress can pose a public health risk to anyone trying to rescue them and that the fire appliance was available for other emergencies that may have occurred during the incident.

Watch a video of the crew trying to lure the lamb below:

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