UK firefighters spend £3million on crazy animal rescues – including 600kg bull in swimming pool
Firefighters have spent more than £3million saving animals over the past five years, including an ox stuck in a swimming pool.
They responded to 75 animal rescue calls per week – 54% involving pets, 22% involving livestock and 24% wildlife.
In one case, a 600kg ox stuck for four hours in a swimming pool in Paignton, Torbay, was rescued by Devon and Cornwall firefighters.
Crews had to pump in water so the panicked beast’s hooves could reach the bottom before a crane lifted it onto a trailer.
London firefighters have been called to rescue a dog stuck in a frozen pond in Barnet. They also rescued a parrot from a rooftop in Edmonton.
In Bishop Auckland, County Durham, when a ferret was spotted poking its head out of a two-story drainpipe, firefighters were called and used a ladder to retrieve it.
Meanwhile, an iguana that escaped onto a 30C rooftop to sunbathe has been rescued in an hour-and-a-half-long operation, led by the Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.
And a terrified goat that had washed ashore on a small ledge on a perilous quarry cliff had to be escorted 60ft to safety by the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.