Fire crews help rhino in pain

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A team of fire­fight­ers re­ceived an emer­gency call for a rhino with toothache. The crew from Newcraighall in Scot­land rushed to Ed­in­burgh Zoo to help the vets move Ber­tus – an eight-year-old rhino who weighs two tonnes – ready for his op­er­a­tion. Wil­lie Pol­lard, the sta­tion man­ager, told Sky News: “By jointly work­ing with zoo staff, we were able to for­mu­late a plan which in­volved winch­ing and pulling equip­ment, us­ing tech­niques nor­mally used for ei­ther road traf­fic col­li­sions in­volv­ing heavy ve­hi­cles or in the event of a build­ing col­lapse. “These tech­niques al­lowed us to re­po­si­tion the an­i­mal, thereby cre­at­ing a safe work­ing space for the den­tal team to re­pair the tooth.” Ber­tus has made a speedy re­cov­ery since his or­deal and is now eat­ing again. Si­mon Gir­ling, head vet at the zoo, said: “Ber­tus’s op­er­a­tion was a great suc­cess and even though it was a mi­nor tooth op­er­a­tion, it in­volved a mas­sive team of peo­ple all work­ing to­gether to en­sure the op­er­a­tion went smoothly.”

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