A WALKER was hailed a hero after scrambling over a sheer cliff in an impromptu rescue of a stranded sheep.
The unknown man was pictured on Facebook hauling the 8st animal to safety from rocks on the Pembrokeshire coast in west Wales.
‘We were spectators to an amazing act of human kindness today,’ wrote onlooker Andrea Williams, who photographed the rescue. ‘There were definitely some hand-in-mouth moments.’
She added that once released near Abereiddy, the sheep ‘just trotted off none the worse for her experience’.
But RSPCA inspector Ellie West, who was already arranging a rescue, said the middle-aged adventurer’s exploits weren’t safe. She wrote: ‘This post isn’t to shame the gentleman that had done this incredible task, but to highlight to others the dangers. It’s really common for sheep to jump into the sea as we approach them in situations like this.’
The Broad Haven Coastguard also issued a warning. ‘We take nothing away from what this chap has chosen to do,’ they posted on Facebook. ‘However it could have ended so differently. Putting yourself in danger is never a good idea.’
It came days after one of the RSPCA’s largest ever sheep rescues, saving 65 stranded on a cliff a few miles up the coast near Mathry.