WATER bosses have sent tankers to remove 8000Ml of mud from a flooded animal reserve to save a PIG that is scared of MUD.

Barry the pig had become trapped when his field at Trindledown Farm in Newbury flooded due to bad storms.

He was brought up in the back yard of an urban home and developed a fear of mud and water.

Barry lives at the farm but can't stand water or rain - and freaks out whenever the ground gets boggy or wet.

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Because he doesn't mix well with other animals he can't be moved to a different field - but his keeps getting flooded.

During rainfalls the four year old oinkers gets trapped in the flooded field because he is terrified of water and mud and cannot swim to safety.

But after hearing of his plight Thames Water jumped into action and set about on a rescue mission for the poor animal.

The water services company laid out sandbags to prevent any further groundwater flooding the farm before using a tanker lorry to pump away the excess water.

Trindledown Farm manager Tracy Waldron said: "As a charity we rely totally on our fundraising activities and visitors to provide our income, so when the National Animal Welfare Trust Berkshire was closed due to being flooded by groundwater, we contacted Thames Water for help.

"The Centre was totally inaccessible to staff, volunteers and visitors so it was a financial and logistical nightmare.

"Thames Water arrived the next day and have worked hard to get us back open to the public and enable us to care for the animals and reopen the centre.

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"We cannot thank Thames Water enough and have been humbled by their quick response to our plea for help.'' Thames Water area manager Jon Maw said: "The Lambourn Valley has been hit hard by surface water and groundwater flooding following recent storms and we were saddened to hear of the problems at the animal welfare trust.

"Although we can't control groundwater levels, we're delighted that we've been able to help relieve the impact they're having on the site by putting down sandbags and using a tanker to pump away some of the excess water from the entrance.

"At least now visitors can still get in to see the animals and use the other facilities."

Shortly after Thames Water set about removing the water, Trindledown Farm sadly had to close due to lockdown restrictions from the government regarding coronavirus.

The charity run farm has moved online to try and raise money whilst they are closed with online activities to entertain their visitors.