A COW was pulled to safety by fire crews from across Hampshire after getting trapped in a bog in Southampton.

Specialist crews from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service were sent to Gaters Mill nature reserve, Swaythling, at 5pm on Sunday after a 14-month old Aberdeen Angus-cross heifer got stuck in deep boggy mud.

Following a call from a farmer, animal rescue specialist Buster Brown was sent to the scene close to the River Itchen.

Crews from Overton, St Mary's and Lyndhurst freed the cow from the mud without it receiving any injuries.

Buster said: “It's not uncommon for us to assist in such incidents and using prescribed methods approved by the veterinary industry, the cow was safely assisted to dry ground where it was returned back to its herd.

“The farmer was in attendance throughout the rescue and was very grateful for our assistance.”