A number of sheep were retrieved from Bjólfur mountain above the harbor town of Seyðisfjörður in East Iceland on Friday, RÚV reports, but one stubborn animal refused to be rescued. Members of Iceland’s Search and Rescue and an inspector from the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST) struggled up the steep and slippery slope on Thursday to reach eight animals and get them further down the mountain, from which point a team of locals was able to herd them all the way down on Friday morning.
Four other sheep remained much higher up the mountain, three of which were too far up for the rescuers to reach. The last, however, was found buried on its back, with its feet sticking out of the snow. Thinking that the animal was dead, the MAST inspector went to remove her earmark, when suddenly, she jumped to her feet. After this surprising revival, however, the sheep refused to budge and had to be left behind on the mountain.
Weather conditions wouldn’t allow for further shepherding efforts on Friday, but locals plan to gather the remaining animals from the mountain as soon as possible.