THIS is the moment a cow was winched to safety after becoming stuck in the mud beside the River Severn.

It was a "difficult" rescue for fire crews from Worcester, Pershore and Bromyard on the riverbanks in Bushley, near Tewkesbury this morning (Wednesday).

They were called out to rescue the animal at just before 7.45am.

The cow was brought to safety by the fire service's boat team, animal rescue team and a farmer.

Pictures by @HWFireWorcs