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UK Firefighters rescue about 10 animals each month

You'd think that sprinting into blazing houses and saving people from collapsing buildings would be enough the fill the day for the firefighters in Somerset, England. But the heroes of the Somerset Fire Rescue Service have also recently averaged about 10 animal rescues each month!

Between April 1, 2009 and January 31, 2010, the firefighters saved about 93 cows, horses, birds, cats and dogs from a variety of dangerous situations, the Somerset County Gazette reports.

By comparison, data obtained by the news provider showed that firefighters freed about 45 people trapped in elevators in Somerset over the same time period.

Neil Demmar, group manager of the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, told the news source, "We have eight instructors across the county specially trained in animal rescues and the training in this area is improving all the time - we even have a life-sized dummy horse with moving parts to help our training."

He continued that the majority of animal rescues that the firefighters handle are to corral a stranded horse or cow, "but we also get the odd sheep or snake."

Even if you haven't rescued almost 100 hundred animals lately, you can assist in animal rescue efforts by adopting a dog or cat from your local animal shelter.
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