A horse called Elvis, which couldn’t help falling in mud, found a good luck charm in vets Will Allman and Becky Piper.
The duo, from Wensleydale-based Yoredale Vets, sedated and calmed the 25-year-old Irish Bay Draught that was all shook up after becoming bogged up to its barrel in a field at Jervaulx, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.
Fire and rescue crews from Malton, Masham and Leyburn were called to form a human tug o’ war team and pull the animal free, but found it was stuck like glue by the suction of the bog.
After two-and-a-half hours, rescuers decided it was time for a little less conversation and called in the farmer’s tractor. After attaching a harness, it was now or never and the animal was slowly pulled free without injury.
Elvis has left the bog and is recovering well.