Fire services received a report of a cow in a water-filled ditch at Greenway Lane, Taunton, at just after 8.50pm on Sunday evening (August 30).

The cow turned out to be heavily pregnant.

A spokesperson from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said:

"Fire control immediately mobilised a duty officer to assess the scene.

"The officer requested the attendance of the special rescue team from Exmouth to attend, a fire appliance from Taunton and another duty officer to attend this incident.

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"The incident commander confirm one heavily pregnant cow was trapped in a water filled ditch. The water was approximately four foot deep and down a steep bank.

"The incident commander requested the attendance of the Urban Search And Rescue Telehandler to assist at this incident.

"Whilst the crews waited for the arrival of the telehandler they started to formulate a plan and set up specialist rescue equipment and lighting. The farmer was in attendance and the cow was not in distress.

"At 00:45 the cow was rescued from the ditch using the telehandler. The duty of care was left with the farmer."