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Firefighters called to rescue Rhino with toothache

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Firefighters called to rescue Rhino with toothache

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-tonne - 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."

Bertus has made a speedy recovery since his ordeal and is now eating again.