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Runaway bull captured in hospital grounds


A bull has been captured in the grounds of a Kent hospital after escaping from a nearby farm.

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Staff at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital in Canterbury formed a human chain in an effort to contain the champion bull, called Charlie.

The animal was first spotted peering through the window of the renal dialysis unit at around 3.30pm on Friday, prompting officials to call police.

Visitors to the hospital were urged to be careful as the bull’s owner fetched a trailer to remove it from the site safely.

A hospital spokesman said: “It just suddenly appeared out of nowhere. It was peering through the window of the renal dialysis unit, but the panic is now over.

“Police and ambulance turned up as a precaution. It was all dealt with fairly speedily. It was shepherded away to a remote area of the hospital in order to avoid panic.

“Apart from panic that could have been caused to patients, the bull itself could have got frightened. But it has all been resolved and the bull has been taken away.”

A Kent Police spokesman said nobody was injured.


Readers' comments (6)

  • Ann Shuttleworth

    Taken away? Is it being charged?

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  • 3.30pm on a Friday? Where did all these spare staff suddenly appear from?

    Nice story from the Garden of England though ;-)

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  • I can see Unison getting a bit heated about this.... there must be a rule somewhere about shepherding a bull.... demarcation principles are at stake here. Shepherds herd sheep....... so really there should have been some cowherding or bullherding going on.

    If it becomes a regular problem, will AfC come into play and will bloodstock management take off as an AHP role?

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  • Appearing ouside of the Renal Unit, humph, I thought "bulls" were Veggies, all that blood must have given them a nasty turn too... I dare say the H&S. police will be getting a bit twitched over the whole episode can't have "livestock" bimbling around!
    Loved to have been a fly on the wall, so to speak...could have proved amusing. Imagine the Post-Op' blearily looking out of the window and seeing a bull, classic, would anybody have believed them!?!

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  • thats bull

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  • that is hilarious.

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