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Snow drifts bury thousands of sheep in Northern Ireland

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Farmer Donald O'Reilly searches for sheep or lambs trapped in a snow drift in the Aughafatten area of County Antrim, Northern Ireland on March 26. At least 140,000 homes and businesses in Northern Ireland were left without power over the weekend following heavy snowfall, causing snowdrifts of up to 5 metres (18 feet).

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Lambs are pictured on snow covered fields in the hills of Domore, Northern Ireland, on March 26. A Royal Air Force (RAF) helicopter was deployed in Northern Ireland in a bid to reach remote farms where estimates suggest up to 10,000 animals have been buried beneath snowdrifts 20 feet (six metres) high. Thousands of cattle and sheep are already feared to have died in the cold at the height of the lambing season. The bad weather has claimed at least two lives on the British mainland.

Cathal Mcnaughton / Reuters

Donald O'Reilly rescues a sheep trapped in a snow drift in the Aughafatten area of County Antrim, Northern Ireland on March 26. At least 140,000 homes and businesses in Northern Ireland were left without power over the weekend following heavy snowfall, causing snowdrifts of up to 5 metres (18 feet).

Reuters photographer Cathal McNaughton describes the devastating impact of the recent weather on the farming community in Northern Ireland in a blog post: No happy endings in nature.

Some farmers in Northern Ireland had to rescue their flock of sheep from a sudden storm that buried them in more than 2 feet of snow, and were amazed to find them alive. They are still looking for others.

 

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