She is a real silly sausage but little Lulu is lucky to be alive after firefighters battled for four hours to free her from a rabbit hole.
The excitable four-year-old miniature dachshund had dashed off to chase a rabbit during a walk in woodland near Billing View, Rawdon, Leeds, but quickly became trapped among the twisted roots of a large tree.
After trying for over 90 minutes to free her, desperate owner Nicola Linfield, 49, of Rawdon, was forced to call the fire service for help. A technical rescue team – Cleckheaton’s green watch – was despatched and spent four hours tirelessly digging in pouring rain and high winds to free little Lulu.
Now back home and thankfully unscathed after her underground ordeal, Lulu will be kept on a tight leash in the future, according a relieved Mrs Linfield.
“I’m so humbled by what the firefighters did. I didn’t expect them to go to such lengths. When they lifted her out I cried. I couldn’t believe she was out. It was a miracle really, because of how deep she was.”
Ian Thompson, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s technical rescue officer for Leeds, who led the rescue, praised the team.
He said: “They worked exceptionally hard and were extremely professional. It’s always nice to have a successful outcome in an animal rescue. We were extremely pleased.”