South Devon Railway Receives PETA Award For Saving Ailing Lamb

For Immediate Release:
2 May 2011

Mimi Bekhechi 0207 357 9229, ext 238; [email protected] 

Totnes, Devon – For their exemplary effort to help an animal in distress, the South Devon Railway has received PETA’s Hero to Animals Award.

According to news reports, the crew on the South Devon Railway steam train spotted a lamb lying between the rails on Sunday, 24 April. The crew of the 200-tonne locomotive made an emergency stop to save the fragile animal from being hit. Crew members and others stepped down from the plate to rescue the lamb, who has been named Lucky and is being cared for at Totnes Rare Breeds Farm. PETA has learned that the South Devon Railway has a policy instructing workers to stop for any animal stuck on the tracks.

“Thanks to the heroic efforts of the South Devon Railway, what could have ended in tragedy for this ailing lamb had a happy ending”, says PETA Manager Mimi Bekhechi. “We hope their compassionate action will serve as inspiration to others to always stop and help an animal in need.”

The South Devon Railway will receive a framed certificate and a letter of appreciation from PETA.