SEAGULLS are loved and hated in equal measure in Cornwall and have now been revealed to be the animals most rescued by firefighters.

Figures have been released by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service showing the species of the 201 animals which were rescued over three years.

The information covers 2015 to 2017 and also shows how much time was taken rescuing animals and a comparison in how much time was spent tackling fires.

Topping the league table are seagulls which have been rescued 55 times over the three years in question.

In second place are dogs which clocked up 42 rescues. Then in third is the classic firefighter rescue – the cat, with 28. No details are provided for how many were rescued from trees.

A total of 26 horses were rescued by the fire service between 2015 and 2017 along with 13 cows.

More birds are listed in the table next but are unspecified and account for five rescues, closely followed by four pigeons which had to be saved. Firefighters also came to the rescue of three kittens.

A number of different animals account for two rescues each over the three-year period including ponies, deer, jackdaws, ducks, crows, swans, sheep, calves and lambs.

And, lastly, there are several animals which were rescued just the once – a raven, parrot, blackbird, bullock, budgie, puppy and a fox.

In 2015 there were 20 domestic animals rescued and 28 rescued in each of 2016 and 2017.

Livestock accounted for 18 rescues in 2017, 16 in 2016 and 14 in 2015. Wild animals were rescued 31 times in 2017 and 23 each in 2015 and 2016.

In comparison Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service attended 3,350 fire callouts over the same three-year period – spending more than 13,000 hours doing so.

Firefighters spent 652 hours rescuing animals from 2015 to 2017 with the largest amount of time for livestock which accounted for 459 hours.