Firefighters rescue castrated bull from Greatham Bridge river

The steer being winched to safety by the fire service

The steer being winched to safety by the fire service

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Firefighters spent more than five hours hauling a castrated bull out of a river.

The steer became stuck in the mire of the River Arun in Greatham Bridge, near Coldwaltham last night.

A technical rescue crew based at Horley arrived at the scene at 9.22pm after a member of the public called 999.

About 15 people stood around to watch before it got dark.

The protracted operation did not end until this morning at about 2.50am.

The incident took place in the catchment of Storrington Fire Station, though the fire service deployed its rescue unit due to the nature of the call.

The tide was out when the animal got stuck and it was a race against time to winch it free.

The rescuers saved the beast with a couple of hours to spare after a heavy lifting tender from Crawley arrived.

Callum Young of the Horsham branch of Westpoint Veterinary Group was in attendance to sedate the animal.

Crew commander Mick Lewin of the rescue unit said: “It was very dark and the banks of the river were wet, slippery and muddy.

“Like any animal, you still have to be careful because they are unpredictable.”

Because they are castrated, steers can have a calmer demeanour and be less muscular than bulls.

Even so, a spokeswoman for West Sussex Fire and Rescue service said it was a difficult rescue.

The steer belonged to the RSPB, which has cattle on its land to keep vegetation under control.

It is fine following the ordeal.

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10:29am Wed 30 Jul 14

TheJasperCo says...

Does the fact that this animal is castrated have any relevance to its ordeal? Really?
Does the fact that this animal is castrated have any relevance to its ordeal? Really? TheJasperCo
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10:57am Wed 30 Jul 14

cookie_brighton says...

TheJasperCo wrote:
Does the fact that this animal is castrated have any relevance to its ordeal? Really?
I thought exactly the same......it is a Bull.......full stop.....what has being castrated got to do with it.
[quote][p][bold]TheJasperCo[/bold] wrote: Does the fact that this animal is castrated have any relevance to its ordeal? Really?[/p][/quote]I thought exactly the same......it is a Bull.......full stop.....what has being castrated got to do with it. cookie_brighton
  • Score: 1

1:00pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Goldenwight says...

cookie_brighton wrote:
TheJasperCo wrote: Does the fact that this animal is castrated have any relevance to its ordeal? Really?
I thought exactly the same......it is a Bull.......full stop.....what has being castrated got to do with it.
If you castrated me, I think I might go a bit mental and try to drown myself too...
[quote][p][bold]cookie_brighton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheJasperCo[/bold] wrote: Does the fact that this animal is castrated have any relevance to its ordeal? Really?[/p][/quote]I thought exactly the same......it is a Bull.......full stop.....what has being castrated got to do with it.[/p][/quote]If you castrated me, I think I might go a bit mental and try to drown myself too... Goldenwight
  • Score: 3

2:25pm Wed 30 Jul 14

qm says...

Well I am just glad No-nuts was safely rescued from an unhealthy predicament.
Btw - to the challenged journalist, a castrated bovine is known as a 'steer'. No need for the graphic dramatisation. Luckily I am not having oysters today . . . .
Well I am just glad No-nuts was safely rescued from an unhealthy predicament. Btw - to the challenged journalist, a castrated bovine is known as a 'steer'. No need for the graphic dramatisation. Luckily I am not having oysters today . . . . qm
  • Score: -1

2:26pm Wed 30 Jul 14

qm says...

Goldenwight wrote:
cookie_brighton wrote:
TheJasperCo wrote: Does the fact that this animal is castrated have any relevance to its ordeal? Really?
I thought exactly the same......it is a Bull.......full stop.....what has being castrated got to do with it.
If you castrated me, I think I might go a bit mental and try to drown myself too...
Could be helpful - you know that high note you've been trying for ? ;)
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cookie_brighton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheJasperCo[/bold] wrote: Does the fact that this animal is castrated have any relevance to its ordeal? Really?[/p][/quote]I thought exactly the same......it is a Bull.......full stop.....what has being castrated got to do with it.[/p][/quote]If you castrated me, I think I might go a bit mental and try to drown myself too...[/p][/quote]Could be helpful - you know that high note you've been trying for ? ;) qm
  • Score: 1

5:56pm Wed 30 Jul 14

stevensavage says...

what a load of ****
what a load of **** stevensavage
  • Score: -1

10:10pm Wed 30 Jul 14

TIMBURRY says...

The steer belongs to the RSPB.. l wonder if the RSPA will look into how the steer's being treated
The steer belongs to the RSPB.. l wonder if the RSPA will look into how the steer's being treated TIMBURRY
  • Score: 0

10:34pm Wed 30 Jul 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

So why hasn't the RSPB fenced this area off so this doesn't happen? That would save all these rescue services having to do this again.

Thank you to all the people involved in this for their hard work.
So why hasn't the RSPB fenced this area off so this doesn't happen? That would save all these rescue services having to do this again. Thank you to all the people involved in this for their hard work. getThisCoalitionOut
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