Plump ewe gets stick in pew during special service of blessing
A vicar was left with the rather unusual job of freeing a trapped sheep – from one of his church pews.
The plump ewe got stuck during a special service at St James's Church in Kilkhampton, Cornwall.
Two ewes, Milly and Lizzy, were among the animals and 50 people who attended the Blessing Of All Your Pets' service on Sunday.
One of the ewes, rather woolly and overweight, became stuck in a narrow pew and a bit of divine strength was needed to dislodge her.
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"She wouldn't go backwards and she wouldn't go forwards," said the vicar, the Rev Richard Ward-Smith. "In the end we just yanked her out."
All were welcome, furry, feathered or finned. The church carpet was rolled up to avoid embarrassing droppings and a lady stood by with a giant poop scoop.
The procession of village children, parents and animals – everything from dogs, rabbits and kittens, a pony called Sixpence and the two sheep – made their way into church for the ceremony.
The service included three hymns played by organist Audrey Bennett – All Things Bright And Beautiful, Who Put The Colours In The Rainbow? and Morning Has Broken – and the vicar read a story.
Each pet was individually named and blessed by Mr Ward-Smith, who said that the bond between a person and an animal pet is like no other relationship.
"Animals teach us how to be good pet parents. We learn the skills and the abilities to look after and care for our pets and to feed them properly and well, and so bring the wisdom of the animal kingdom into our homes," he said.