'She was very, very shook' - community rallies around to rescue cow from river
Published 20/07/2016 | 14:21
Rural community spirit came out in force to rescue a cow from a river in Kilkenny.
The alarm was raised by a passer-by when he saw the cow fall into a steep 10-foot ditch.
The man alerted a neighbouring farmer, Suzanna Crampton, who immediately contacted the owner when she realised who the cow belonged to.
Ms Crampton then used her quad bike to get to the cow and attempted to find a way to get her out of the river.
She told Independent.ie it appeared an electric fence had fallen down and the banks of the river were overgrown, making the edge of the field hard to see.
Within half an hour of being called the owner arrived and attempted to push the cow out of the ditch, however this proved unsuccessful.
The rescuers then contacted another local farmer who they knew had a hydraulic forklift and asked for his help.
Ms Crampton said it is common in the area for neighbours to drop everything they are doing to help each other in such circumstances.
When the forklift arrived Ms Crampton said they managed to get the cow to an area along the river with no trees, making it possible for the machinery to get close to the cow.
The cow’s owner then put straps on her and Ms Crampton made a harness for her head to help keep it above the water.
Following the 2-hour rescue the cow was eventually recovered from the ditch and given some preventative antibiotics by two awaiting vets.
Ms Crampton said the cow appeared physically well after the incident however she also said: “She was very, very shook.”
Explaining that about six people were there for the rescue, Ms Crampton praised the local farming community in the area for their community spirit.
She told Independent.ie the locals had “dropped everything” to help their neighbours in need.
She said it was a testament to the area and the farming community that they could all gather together so quickly to rescue the animal.
“It was a success all round,” she added.
Ms Crampton also said that when last she heard about the cow she was doing well and had not returned to the rest of the herd following the incident.
She said the cow had been “home-bred” by the owner and had been with him for about 11 years.