Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

Seagulls top animal rescue league

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Seagulls are loved and hated in equal measure in Cornwall and have now been revealed to be the animals most rescued by firefighters.

Figures have been released by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service showing the species of the 201 animals which were rescued over three years.

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Topping the league table are seagulls which have been rescued 55 times over the three years in question.

In second place are dogs which clocked up 42 rescues. Then in third is the classic firefighter rescue – the cat, with 28. No details are provided for how many were rescued from trees.

A total of 26 horses were rescued by the fire service between 2015 and 2017 along with 13 cows.

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A number of different animals account for two rescues each over the three-year period including ponies, deer, jackdaws, ducks, crows, swans, sheep, calves and lambs.

And, lastly, there are several animals which were rescued just the once – a raven, parrot, blackbird, bullock, budgie, puppy and a fox.

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Heatwave fires 'could be avoided'

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

Fire crews in Cornwall have warned that many blazes they have been called to during the current heatwave "could be avoided".

Firefighters said they were called to three hedge fires, a gorse blaze and a bonfire on Monday alone.

They added: "If you smoke, think carefully about how you dispose of your cigarette, as the ground is very dry."

Anyone having a controlled burn should also "consider if it's safe to do so", and call the service to let crews know when they intended to have it.

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