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Thursday 2 October 2014

Cow stranded in harbour killed

Published 01/07/2014 | 11:11

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An all-weather lifeboat with six on board and a smaller, in-shore lifeboat with a crew of three are involved in the rescue operation

A cow that was initially saved by a lifeboat crew after falling into a harbour has been put down on the advice of a vet.

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It is thought the animal fell into the water at Aberdeen harbour while being loaded on to a ferry.

The coastguard was called to the incident at around 8.30am today after local boats in the harbour failed to herd it back to shore.

A lifeboat was sent out and the crew managed to guide the cow from the water on to a slipway where it was to be collected, but the animal failed to make its way along the path and became distressed as the tide rose.

A police spokesman said: "We assisted with the recovery of the animal, which unfortunately had to be humanely destroyed on the advice of a vet.

"Destruction of the animal was the last resort. Public safety and animal welfare were considered after all other efforts to restrain the animal were unsuccessful."

Speaking before the cow was killed, an Aberdeen coastguard spokesman said: "We think they were loading it and it fell or jumped into the harbour.

"The lifeboat was close by and were able to guide it back to the shallow waters and then to the slipway.

"It's one of the stranger cases we've dealt with."

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