Rescuers step up for cow rescue
Animal experts have rescued a cow which got its head stuck in a ladder.
Members of the public raised the alarm after spotting the Belgian Blue bullock in difficulty in a field near Troon, Ayrshire.
Rescuers from the Scottish SPCA eased the ladder off the cow's head and it was returned to the herd unharmed after the incident last month.
It is not known how the ladder came to be in the field, which is on the Troon to Barassie road.
Inspector Kerry Kirkpatrick said: "When the job came through my first thought was, this is a wind up, but I arrived at the field to find the cow looking confused but surprisingly calm despite having his head wedged tightly in between the rungs of the ladder.
"The farmer's family rounded up the whole herd into a holding pen and we managed to gently pull the ladder off the cow's head.
"The farmer had no idea how the ladder ended up in his field as he only recently took on the lease for the land.
"It may have been used to patch up a hole in the fence or it could have fallen off a passing van or lorry. Either way, it's a rescue I won't forget in a while."