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Posted by Boghound on September 15, 2012


Cow ‘stuck in a tree’ in dramatic rescue by Cumbria firemen

A cow was dramatically rescued by firemen after it plunged more than 100 feet down an embankment and became stuck in a tree.

The 660-pound calf, called Sparkle, was discovered in a state of distress after falling down the ravine on a farm Sheriff Park, near Penrith, Cumbria.

Fire-fighters were surprised to receive the call to rescue the 11-month-old bovine after its owner, Philip Armstrong, had noticed it missing from his farm.

The bruised animal had plunged more than 100 feet down a "rather steep" embankment of the river Leith before a tree broke its fall on Tuesday afternoon. It was only stopped from falling further by the sapling.

During the delicate four-hour rescue operation, the Pedigree dairy shorthorn heifer was sedated by vets before being winched to safety by fire crews who used specialist equipment and slings.

Mr Armstrong said that the animal had been left "sore and bruised" by the ordeal, but was otherwise unharmed.

"It was a happy ending to a very stressful afternoon," said his mother, Sandra.

It was unharmed after the ordeal and is now recovering at the farm. Three fire crews attended the incident.

"They had to wear body armour in case a stray hoof lashed out at them," said a spokesman for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.

"It was extremely tired and exhausted. It was very, very still and in quite a deep state of shock.

"The vet checked the cow over and it seemed reasonably happy and relatively unscathed."

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