A COW had to be rescued from a swimming pool in Gurney Slade by Shepton Mallet firefighters after a late-night plunge.
The bizarre rescue came after a long day of similar animal-related dips in water across Somerset by Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service.
The large cow fell into the swimming pool and needed pulling out by Shepton Mallet firefighters, plus some help from animal specialists of the Bridgwater brigade, at 9.30pm.
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service delivered the unusual line: "Crews confirmed one cow was in the swimming pool and was not distressed."
To get the cow out of the swimming pool, the animal had to be knocked out by a vet with tranquilisers. The cow was returned to the poolside unharmed.
Fortunately, Shepton Mallet firefighters were not called on to give the Kiss of Life.
The unexpected end of the day came after similar animal rescues throughout Somerset, many involving cows with a fondness for plunging into wet areas.
A cow had to be pulled from a slurry pit at Pump House Farm in Rodney Stoke in the morning. Cheddar firefighters had to pump the slurry out of the pit first.
Then another cow, presumably a different one, jumped into a water-filled ditch at Meare Road in Glastonbury in the afternoon.
An hour later at 4pm, it was a sheep's turn to get stuck, this time in fencing in a water-filled ditch at Bourtonbridge Drove in Launcherley. Glastonbury firefighters pulled it free, again without harm.
Cows of Somerset, we know it is sunny but it is not really warm enough to deserve a plunge. Please give our firefighters a much-deserved day off today.