Cows stuck in slurry pit near Wimborne rescued by firefighters

Two cows have been rescued by fire crews after falling into a slurry pit.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) said the beleaguered bovines were found up to their necks in a 15ft (4.5m) pit in Mannington, near Wimborne, at about 13:30 GMT on Friday.

A crew from Verwood and a technical rescue team from Poole used strops and a telehandler to lift them to safety.

DWFRS said the cattle "seemed to be none the worse for their ordeal" but the crews "needed to decontaminate".

It is the second time in recent weeks that firefighters have been called to rescue cows that have become stuck in farm slurry pits.

On 18 January, crews rescued six animals that had fallen through an inspection cover on a farm near Tolpuddle.

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