A goat stuck for five days on a craggy ledge had residents outside the village of Cornholme, near Todmorden, West Yorks, so worried that an SOS was sent out and a mercy mission involving a nine-strong mountain rescue team and the RSPCA swung into action.
Three hours later, after being lowered 70ft down the steep hillside, a rescuer got within touching distance of the female goat, nicknamed ‘Black Rock Billie’ … and discovered she was kidding all along.
Faced with an intruder on her narrow ledge, Black Rock Billie calmly turned around and jumped more than 10ft to the grassy bank below.
It trotted away unscathed, none the worse for its ordeal – as villagers broke out in a round of applause.
Team leader Al Day, who works as a paramedic, said: “Billie appears to be none the worse for her ordeal, much to the relief of her local admirers. It is fair to say she is now safely eating grass and contemplating the days events.”