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Snakes and deer among thousands of animals rescued by fire services

With a reported 15,293 rescues between 2014 and 2016, the cost was estimated at more than £6 million.

A horse down a mineshaft and a cat stuck in a pizza shop extractor fan are among the thousands of animals rescued by fire services in the last three years, a BBC investigation has found.

Fire services attended 15,293 rescues between 2014 and 2016 at a cost of more than £6 million, a Freedom of Information request by the Jeremy Vine Show reveals.

According to the BBC, one fire service helped free a dog stuck in a wine rack, while in Lincolnshire an 8ft boa constrictor called Billy was removed from a gas fireplace.

The TaxPayers’ Alliance pressure group is reported to have told the broadcaster the cost of the rescues was not an efficient use of public money.

So far this year fire crews have responded to several notable animal call-outs.

Earlier this month a young calf called Daisy was rescued from a disused quarry by firefighters in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.

A deer which had jumped into a lock on the Grand Union Canal was rescued by Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service in June.

And it took fire crews four hours to rescue a careless cat called Mickey which became wedged in an 8in gap between two walls in Stoke-on-Trent in February.

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