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Sheep Rescued in Eskifjörður

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Photo: Eiríkur Vilhelm Sigurðarson.

A local team has been busy rescuing sheep in Eskifjörður, East Iceland over the past two days, RÚV reports. Seven sheep were brought down from the mountains after having gotten stuck outside in bad weather last week.

Local man Sævar Guðjónsson is the leader of the group which rescued the animals and calls itself “Farmers’ Search and Rescue”. He says it was hard to find the sheep in the snow, and the search team did so with the help of powerful binoculars. “Naturally it was hard to get to them. [There were] deep snowdrifts in the way and we had to make a passage for them to bring them down.” One of the seven sheep was expected to have a lamb with her, but the lamb was missing.

Once the group had brought the seven sheep to the farm, they saw three more up on the mountain. Since dusk was falling, retrieving the sheep would have to wait until the following morning. When the team set out the following morning, they heard a ‘baa,’ and saw the lamb which had been missing the day before. It had sunk into the snow not far from the path, and they dug it out and brought it home.

Sævar believes there are still many sheep up in the mountains. Though he believes most of them are doing fine, he admits weather may pose a risk.

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