600kg bullock hoisted out of swimming pool after falling in

Get a moooove on: Young bullock has to be hoisted out of SWIMMING POOL he fell into after escaping from a Devon field

  • Wandering bullock is ‘safe and well’ after falling into pool near South Devon
  • Crews from Paignton, Torquay and Exmouth fire stations called in to help
  • 600kg bovine fell into pool after escaping from a local farm he was returned to 
  • A 600kg bullock had to be hoisted out of a swimming pool he fell into after the young bovine escaped a local field on a farm in Devon.

    The very cold bovine needed three crews from Paignton, Torquay and Exmouth fire stations to hoist it from deep water in the Paignton area of South Devon. 

    It is now ‘safe and well’ after being pulled from the pool using a harness while a vet waited in the wings to keep an eye on the wellbeing of the animal and offer their advice.

    A young bullock ended up stuck in a pool in Paignton, South Devon, after escaping from a farm

    A young bullock ended up stuck in a pool in Paignton, South Devon, after escaping from a farm

    Three fire crews and a vet were called to help hoist the bullock from a nearby swimming pool

    Three fire crews and a vet were called to help hoist the bullock from a nearby swimming pool 

    The bullock was up to his neck in the dark waters, but remained calm while firefighters executed the late night rescue mission in the dark.

    Rob Cude, group manager at Devon and Somerset fire service said: ‘The plan of action was to feed webbing strops under the (bullock) after getting him in the corner of the pool, then bring in a telehandler and lift him out supported comfortably. 

    ‘Whilst this was ongoing, a local farmer positioned a cattle trailer ready for him to move straight into.

    ‘The operation went very smoothly, (bullock) lifted, moved to the trailer, and was then held in the harness for a few minutes until he could support himself again.

    A pool in Paignton, South Devon, had to be partially drained after the bovine fell in

    A pool in Paignton, South Devon, had to be partially drained after the bovine fell in

    ‘By this time, he had been in the pool for three to fours hours and was very cold, with obviously numb legs.’    

    Mr Cude said the animal coped well in the water, which was partially drained.

    He added:  ‘He did spend quite some time with his nose just below the surface blowing bubbles, which he seemed to enjoy.

    Crews from Paignton, Torquay and Exmouth fire stations were called to hoist the bullock out

    Crews from Paignton, Torquay and Exmouth fire stations were called to hoist the bullock out

    ‘When they started pumping out the water, he seemed to swim along the pool and investigate the pump.

    ‘All (were) relieved to see him safe and well. A really good outcome for one very cold young bullock.’

    After the bullock was released from the harnessed he was transported in a cattle trailer to a local farm to relax after his quick dip. 

    Bullocks can grow to be as heavy as 1,000kg and are usually aggressive in nature, which is why it was a shock to the fire crews handling the calm bovine.