A PREGNANT horse had to be rescued after being trapped overnight in a seven foot trench at a Doncaster farm.
Firefighters used heavy animal lifting gear to winch the 11-year-old Shire horse, called Izzy, to safety.
It had fallen through a concrete cover into the cess pit in Hawkehouse Green Lane in Moss.
A vet sedated the animal as South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue’s Technical Rescue Unit, assisted by a crew from Thorne fire station, freed the horse.
Officers said it appeared unharmed by its ordeal.
Station manager Tony Carlin said: “This was a difficult rescue due to the sheer size of the animal. But our crews worked extremely hard and we’re delighted we’ve been able to reunite it with its owners.”
Owner Linda Curtis said: “I can’t praise enough the officers and crews who attended. They did an absolutely brilliant job and are a credit to the county.”
Firefighters were called to the incident at around 7.30am on Thursday and left the scene around 10am.