Two cows have been rescued after falling into a slurry pit at a Dorset farm.

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said the animals fell into the 15ft-deep pit and were submerged "up to their necks".

Firefighters from Verwood attended the farm near Wimborne, and a specialist technical rescue crew from Poole was able to remove the cows, using animal strops.

A farm telehandler was employed to assist in the rescue.

It comes a week after a similar incident near Tolpuddle when firefighters battled to rescue six cows from an underground slurry pit.

Dorset Echo:

Picture: Verwood Fire Station

A brigade spokesperson said: "Both cows seemed to be none the worse for their ordeal. The crews, however, needed to decontaminated before they left the incident."

Verwood Fire Station added: "We think the farmer gave the cows a good hose down once we left the scene."

Dorset Echo: Slurry pit rescue of cows

Picture: Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service