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Firefighters rescue 39 bulls from overturned cattle lorry

Firefighters rescued 39 bulls from an overturned cattle lorry following an incident in Co Fermanagh.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) attended the scene on the Cavan Road, Newtownbutler after receiving a call at 6.22am about a one vehicle road traffic collision.

Representatives of the NIFRS Large Animal Rescue Team from Omagh Fire Station and Fire Crews from Lisnaskea and Enniskillen Fire Stations attended the incident which involved 42 bulls trapped in the overturned lorry.

A local Vet also attended the scene but three of the animals died in the incident,

Firefighters stabilised the vehicle and used hydraulic cutting equipment to release 39 bulls assisted by farm workers, three bulls died in the incident.

The driver of the lorry, a man in his 40s was out of the vehicle prior to arrival of fire crews and was treated at the scene by ambulance personnel, he did not require hospital treatment.

A NIFRS spokesperson said: "This was a particularly hazardous incident for our personnel to resolve, given the unpredictability, size, and large number of the livestock involved, especially when distressed."

The incident was dealt with by 9.49am. When safely rescued the bulls were contained in a nearby field.

Belfast Telegraph