Cow rescued from Bridgewater Canal at Worsley

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Image caption The cow was stuck in the mud alongside a canal boat

A "cold and exhausted" cow that was stuck in a canal up to its neck in Greater Manchester has been rescued.

The animal, which is believed to have escaped from a nearby field, was found sinking in mud in Worsley's Bridgewater Canal at 10:00 BST by fire crews.

Watch manager John Wildman said steps and a ramp were fashioned by firefighters to help the cow but "she didn't have the energy to walk out".

He said the crews later used a tractor to lift the animal from the water.

"It would appear she had been there some time because she was absolutely exhausted and couldn't do anything to help herself," he said.

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Image caption The firefighters built a ramp to get the cow out before having to use a tractor

Station manager Phil Hall, who was also at the scene, said that despite the canal not being very deep, "because of her weight, she was slowly sinking into the mud on the bottom".

He said an RSPCA inspector and a vet had been on hand to assess the cow.

"Once she was out of the water, we used equipment to get the cow onto the back of a trailer where she was seen by a vet and treated for hypothermia.

"The vet was hopeful she would make a full recovery."

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Image caption The rescued cow was treated for exhaustion and hypothermia by a vet

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