Firefighters rescue a cow from deep mud
On Sunday 3 August at 16:50, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) was called to rescue a cow who was stuck in deep mud in a field in Spetchley. A specialist animal rescue unit from Pershore and a crew from Worcester attended the incident and on arrival they were faced with an elderly cow stuck in approximately one metre of mud.
Fortunately, the farmer was able to clear the field of other cows, including a large bull who was clearly concerned for the welfare of one of his cows. Animal rescue crews, led by Crew Commander Justin Challenger from Pershore, were then able to reach the cow via an inflatable platform. Utilising specialist animal rescue equipment, they were able to gently secure a safety harness to the animals head and a strop underneath it.
This was only half the battle and crews were very grateful for the assistance of local councillor and neighbouring farmer, Rob Adams, who had been at the scene throughout and was able to pull the cow out of the mud using his telehandler.
Group Commander George Marshall from HWFRS said: "This was a challenging rescue that demonstrated the effectiveness of our animal rescue equipment, training and leadership. A combination of hard work and great teamwork from fire service crews, the owner, and local farmers, resulted in a tired and muddy cow being safely returned to her field (and tired and muddy firefighters being safely returned to their station).
He continued: "Everyone should be hugely proud of their actions at this incident and I would like to extend my thanks to everybody involved in what was a job well done."