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A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) Spokesperson said:
“Firefighters rescued 39 bulls from an overturned articulated cattle lorry on Cavan Road, Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh, this morning (Friday 11 January). NIFRS received a call at 6.22am to attend the 1 vehicle road traffic collision.
“NIFRS Large Animal Rescue Team from Omagh Fire Station and Fire Crews from Lisnaskea and Enniskillen Fire Stations attended the incident which involved 42 bulls trapped in the overturned lorry.
“Firefighters stabilised the vehicle and used hydraulic cutting equipment to release 39 bulls assisted by farm workers – 3 bulls died in the incident.
“The driver of the lorry, a man in his 40s was out of the vehicle prior to arrival of Fire Crews and was treated at the scene by Ambulance personnel – he did not attend hospital.
“The incident was dealt with at 9.49am. A local Vet also attended the incident. When released the bulls were contained in a nearby field.”