MUD BATH: Billy the bull, stuck in the mud in Terania Creek unable to come back to the bank of the river.
MUD BATH: Billy the bull, stuck in the mud in Terania Creek unable to come back to the bank of the river. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

SES moo-ves fast to rescue stranded bull

A BULL stuck in a creek on a Tuncester farm really got emergency services 'moo'ving on Thursday afternoon.

After an altercation with another bull, the black bull I will call Billy, wandered off from the herd disgruntled and managed to slip into Terania Creek at about 6am.

Richmond Local Area Command Acting Crime Manager Detective Inspector Bernadette Ingram said Billy's owner tried for several hours without success to coax him out of the creek.

"Because of the recent floods the bank of the creek was quite steep and slippery so Billy couldn't get back up to the paddock," she said.

Police were called to the scene just after 1 pm and after an attempt to pull Billy out with a rope failed, officers quickly decided more resources were needed to manage the tricky situation.

Det Insp Ingram said with Billy stuck in the creek for more than seven hours and tiring, a veterinarian, the SES and the RSPCA were called to the Rosehill Rd property to assist.

"Police and the SES tied ropes around Billy and tried to pull him out, and then they tried to drag him across the creek to the bank on the other side."

"Then the SES got into their inflatable boat and managed to herd Billy across the bank on the other side of the creek."

Det Insp Ingram said as the bank on the other side of the creek wasn't so steep, Billy managed to make it up into the paddock by himself.

It's not known if Billy the bull and Byron Bay's famous but elusive Wategoat have any plans to get together and discuss their ordeals.



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