With the heavy and hot weather we're having, it is little surprise that Megan the cow decided to cool off in a river.

Sadly, once in, she couldn't get out.

South West Farmer:

Animal rescue specialists and firefighters from Sturminster Newton, Poole and Blandford were called to Fiddleford Mill near Sturminster Newton yesterday morning (Tuesday, August 2) at 8.45am.

It appears that Megan had got into the river from her farm, perhaps finding out then that she couldn't get out, she wallowed upriver to the weir.

South West Farmer:

The rescue took four hours, but it was successful and the technicians brought the sizeable cow safely back to land.

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She was checked over by a vet and found to be none the worse for her adventure.

South West Farmer:

A spokesperson for Sturminster Newton Fire Station shared these photos on social media and said: "A combination of crews from Sturminster Newton, Blandford Fire Station and Poole Fire Station spent the morning getting to know Megan a cow that found herself in a spot of bother today after ending up in the river! Crews ensured that she was brought back to dry land and checked over by the vet."