Saturday 27 May 2017

Cattle rescued after getting heads stuck in tree

A bullock got its head stuck in a tree before a cow got identically stuck in the same place
A bullock got its head stuck in a tree before a cow got identically stuck in the same place
A bullock got its head stuck in a tree before a cow got identically stuck in the same place
A cow and a bullock both got stuck in the same tree on a National Trust estate

A cow and a bullock have both had lucky escapes after getting their heads stuck in the same tree just days apart.

The unlucky cattle were found both wedged at the National Trust property Trelissick House, near Truro in Cornwall.

During the first incident last Friday, staff on the estate spent half an hour pondering how to free the bullock before deciding to chisel away some branches to release its trapped ear.

In the second incident, which happened on Tuesday, a cow did exactly the same thing and was again freed by staff.

National Trust worker Craig Hardman said he thought it was a joke when he was alerted to the first incident.

But when he arrived at the field and saw the bullock's head firmly stuck in the sycamore tree he realised it was anything but.

He said: "We don't know why the cows did it. We've looked at the hole and there is nothing of any interest in there.

"We just think there were some insects in there that attracted them. Maybe they just wanted some alone time.

"We don't know how long they had been stuck in there when they were spotted.

"We've had two different cows get their heads stuck in the same hole four days apart. To my knowledge it has never happened before.

"It is a bit of a weird one."

The National Trust has now fenced off the tree to stop the cattle, who belong to a local farmer and graze on the estate, doing it again.

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