Weighty Felsted pig gets stuck in the mud

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image captionFire crews saved Dolly's bacon when she got stuck in the mud in her sty

A 200kg (31st 6lb) pig had to be rescued using "a fair bit of brute force" after getting stuck in the mud in her pen.

Dolly decided to take a little rest in the mud, but after lying down, was unable to get back up in Felsted, Essex, on Wednesday morning.

Firefighters trottered out to rescue the eight-year-old, which was "trapped and in distress".

An unharmed Dolly was "left to hog the limelight", a spokesman said.

"The pig had lied down in its sty but got stuck in the mud could not get herself up," crew manager Lewis Black said.

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image captionCrews went "the whole hog" to rescue Dolly the pig, the fire service said

"Crews worked in difficult conditions using strops (specialist straps for lifting), glide sheets and a fair bit of brute force to get her upright."

Saving a pig was "a first" for the county's fire and rescue animal unit, he added.

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