RSPCA reveals top 10 rescues of 2016 - including the Norwich toad wedged in garden decking
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A gull that fell into a vat of curry and a sheep with a traffic cone on her head are among this year's most memorable animal rescues, according to the RSPCA.
The charity has drawn up a hall of fame of its top 10 animal rescues of 2016, looking back at some of its most unusual call-outs of the year.
And here they are in all their gory detail:
• A podgy toad got himself into an embarrassing situation after getting wedged face down in garden decking with his bum and back legs sticking in the air.
Rescuers were called to the Norwich garden on July 20 and were forced to saw through the decking board to free him after he slipped through the cracks, getting trapped in the space beneath. The toad was then returned to his rightful home - the garden pond.
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• Five-month-old schnauzer Juno was bar-king mad after wedging her head between two bars of a fence during an afternoon walk.
The RSPCA joined forces with the Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue to free her following the incident in Stockport on March 23.
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• An escaped snake missing for three months gave a couple in York a scare when it turned up in their airing cupboard on October 28.
The two-year-old corn snake named Vecky slithered into the head of their vacuum cleaner before being freed and returned to its owner.
• Firefighters were called to the rescue for this one after a dog walker spotted a horse stuck on a footbridge in Derbyshire on September 27.
The skewbald mare got three legs trapped on one side of the bridge and one leg on the other. Fortunately she was pulled to safety, along with the help of a vet and RSPCA officers, without serious injury.
• Curiosity almost killed this cat, tabby Maggie May, who got wedged under a stairlift at a home in Kendal on October 5.
A vet, RSPCA officer and an engineer freed the cat using a car jack.
• A seagull in Newport ended up falling into a vat of cold tandoori curry, turning him bright orange, after having a craving for a beak-a masala and gull-frezi
The gull was rescued uninjured following the incident on August 2 and was rushed to a wildlife centre for a good clean.
• An eight-year-old Siamese cat named Cupcake had a narrow escape after climbing into a box of second-hand CDs and DVDs before being posted 260 miles from Cornwall to West Sussex.
The RSPCA was called out on March 22 after the company discovered the unusual cargo before returning the cat to its worried owners - who hadn't seen her for eight days.
• Six goldfish were rescued at a culvert in Abergavenny after they were mysteriously found by the drain on two separate occasions.
Two goldfish were rescued from the drain's entrance on March 22 before four more appeared in the same place again around a week later on March 30.
Inspectors believe they were let loose into the water system. The healthy fish were taken to an outdoor pond that belonged to the caller's friend.
• A sheep in Hertfordshire had a baa-d day after getting her head stuck in a traffic cone in the middle of a field on December 4.
Rescuers managed to pull the cone off her head and set her free. Despite feeling a little sheepish the ewe was not injured.
• A Pokemon Go gamer saw his virtual hunt turn into a real-life animal rescue mission after he stumbled across a cow with its head stuck in a metal feeder.
The RSPCA was called to the scene in Wythenshawe Park in Manchester on July 27 and removed the wedged head with the help of fire and rescue teams.