Firefighters were called to help rescue a 1,000kg bull which was stuck in a ditch in Hatfield Broad Oak, in the English county of Essex over the weekend

The local fire service was called for hep on Saturday afternoon, August 1, according to Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

Firefighters from Great Dunmow attended alongside crews from Chelmsford Fire Station with the service's specialist animal rescue unit.

A vet also attended to ensure the bull was sedated and calm so the fire crews could rescue it safely, the fire service added.

Fire crews used the specialist equipment on the animal rescue unit to hoist the bull out of the ditch.

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Commenting on the rescue, watch manager Gary Wain, from Great Dunmow Fire Station, said:

The bull had apparently been stuck for over a day before we were called, and it was clear he wasn't going to be able to get himself out as he was stuck right next to a small bridge.

"Thankfully the bull seemed fine once we got him out and started happily eating the grass even before the crews had got all the straps off him," the watch manager concluded.

[caption id="attachment_516062" align="aligncenter" width="943"] Image source: Essex County Fire and Rescue Service[/caption]