Minnie makes a return
A PET dog trapped for eight days down a rabbit hole near Liskeard has been reunited with its owners.
Minnie, an eight-year-old Jack Russell, ran off chasing rabbits on a walk with her owners, Simon and Leela Humphreys, from St Cleer, and vanished.
Neighbour Fay Pedler alerted them to whimpering underground and the couple, who have two children, spent an hour trying to dig Minnie out, but in the end had to call the emergency services.
A team of 13 firefighters dug for three hours to free Minnie, who had survived by licking moisture from the rocks.
Mr Humphreys, 56, an ecologist said: "She was washed out and very skinny; she looked about a third of her size.
"Thankfully the weather was fairly mild and there was no frost. I think it would have been a different outcome had the weather been colder.
"She was so excited when we managed to get at her; she was making quite a lot of noise which was pretty distressing for us and the firefighters."
Mr Humphreys said Minnie was slightly panicked after being rescued, but after a good bath and some food was in good spirits and did not require medical treatment.
Mrs Humphreys, 57, a GP, said: "She was very thin and smelly and tired, but she'd survived because I noticed there was water dripping off the rocks.
"We're so thankful to our friend Fay. Had she not heard her, I doubt we'd have Minnie with us now.
"We can't thank the firefighters enough for their help."