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Rescue teams pull bull from dyke at former mine

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 10, 2013

  • Sixteen firefighters from Liskeard and Bodmin helped haul the animal out of its resting place at the bottom of a slope at Gonamena near Liskeard

  • Sixteen fire fighters from Liskeard and Bodmin rescued a bull that had slid down the steep sided side of the old Gonamena mines site on Caradon Hill near Crow's Nest village - twix Pensilva and St Cleer. They were joined by Liskeard vet Tom Beale and lifted the animal, a Galloway cross bull, across a gully to safety.

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Firefighters came to the rescue after a bull got trapped in a gully.

A crew from Liskeard and two teams from Bodmin attended the incident at the Gonamena mines site on Caradon Hill, near Crow's Nest, at around 1.30pm on Sunday.

The trapped animal was sedated by Liskeard vet Tom Beale before a hoist was called in to the Bodmin Moor location, between the villages of Pensilva and St Cleer.

A total of 16 firefighters from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service were involved in the rescue operation.

The Galloway cross bull was eventually lifted from the side of the dyke on to flat ground. It was then left in the care of its owner.

It is not the first time firefighters have been called in to assist in the rescue of animals. In June, Devon firefighters were called to rescue a cow which had become trapped in a mechanic's car inspection pit at Bere Alston, near Plymouth. The young heifer fell through the roof of the car workshop and found itself stuck.

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