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Editor’s note: The writer’s sheep was rescued from an icy bank on Thursday in the town of Sigel. The owner says the sheep’s ears and feet are healing from frostbite and she is being treated for pneumonia.

Thank you to the volunteer firefighters who came to my rescue on Thursday. It was almost 8 a.m. when I went out to do my barn chores. The first thing I saw was a sheep on her back with her feet flailing in the air.

She had obviously been there all night when her flock had descended the icy bank at the north side of the barn to the southern entrance to the shelter below. She was heavy with twins and weighed almost 200 pounds. She was one of my best ewes and I needed to work fast in the 30 mph winds with temperatures that had plunged below zero overnight.

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My frozen hands couldn't budge her. My attempts to free her wool failed. It was too slippery and cold. The two neighbors I reached out to for help didn’t answer their phones. The ewe wouldn’t last much longer.

Calling 911 was the only thing I could think of. Miraculously they responded and sent out a fire truck and two amazing men. Within 15 minutes we had her out of danger and into a sled. Within an hour she was able to stand and eat. With the help of Bovis Veterinary Services and lots of TLC she is on the road to recovery.

Thank you for helping this shepherdess in my moment of need.

Submitted by Janice Becker of the town of Sigel.

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