Firefighters used special gear to rescue a rhino

Cats stuck up trees and dogs stuck down rabbit holes are all familiar to Scottish Fire and Rescue Service firefighters - but freeing a distressed rhinoceros was a special challenge.

Qabid the Rhino, who’s the size of a small car, had to be extricated from his favourite tyre swing – yet again.

The rescue crew despatched to Edinburgh Zoo was met by the sight of the two-year-old greater one-horned rhinoceros wedged tight by his leg and neck.

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Once he was sedated - a critical part of the operation - the firefighters used specialist e-hydraulic cutting equipment to free him.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Group Manager John Hanlin said: “The crew did a great job in a very unusual situation.

“Edinburgh Zoo staff informed me that this event wasn’t the first time he had got himself stuck, but he usually manages to get himself out - he very clearly wasn’t so nimble or lucky on this occasion.

“Our crew used specialist cutting equipment which is normally used for the extraction of persons involved in road traffic collisions.”

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He added: “Once the firefighters managed to cut the tyre and free Qabid, the zoo vets gave him a drug to counteract the sedative and bring him round - and he was quickly back to his mischievous self”.

However it isn’t the first time they’ve dealt with a rhino, as two years ago they had to assist zoo vets during “a dental procedure” on Bertie, a greater one-horned Indian rhino.