Frog's lucky escape from vacuum

A kind-hearted council worker came to the rescue of a frightened frog which had become lodged in the pipe of a cleaning vehicle.

A kind-hearted council worker came to the rescue of a frightened frog which had become lodged in the pipe of a cleaning vehicle.

Jamie Churchyard was cleaning out drains using a 'gully sucker' when he realised there was an obstruction in one of the tubes.

Glynis Wood, clean neighbourhood team leader, said: “He got out the cab and there is a clear piece of pipe which is almost level with his eyes and there was a pair of beady eyes looking pleadingly back at him.

“The frog was still alive but was getting quite squashed.”


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Mrs Wood joked: “He called the (council) hop-line for advice and they sent him to the fleet management garage.”

The garage, fittingly called Freedom Transport, spent 30 minutes dismantling the cleaning pipe to release the frog.

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The amphibian was happily unhurt by its ordeal which happened as Mr Churchyard cleaned in the Broke Hall area of the town on Tuesday.

Mr Churchyard later released the frog in Landseer Park where there is a habitat for frogs and toads.

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