Sunday 20 August 2017

Young 200kg calf Daisy rescued in 'udderly amazing' operation by firefighters

Young Belgian Blue cow named Daisy Credit: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service/PA Wire
Young Belgian Blue cow named Daisy Credit: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service/PA Wire

Dave Higgens

A young calf has been rescued from a disused quarry by firefighters who celebrated with a herd of bovine puns.

Crews called to the incident in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire named the young Belgian Blue cow Daisy after she was found stuck between rocks in a wood.

Young Belgian Blue cow named Daisy Credit: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service/PA Wire
Young Belgian Blue cow named Daisy Credit: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service/PA Wire

Technical rescue officer Chris Lawton said his team managed to "mooove" 200kg Daisy in an "udderly amazing rescue" operation after a dog walker came across the trapped animal by "pure cow-incidence" early on Wednesday morning.

Mr Lawton said: "This kind of rescue is not un-herd of but it was particularly challenging because of the tight spot Daisy had got herself into."

He said the teams had to winch away a three-tonne rock to free four-month-old Daisy.

Mr Lawton said: "We think she may have been there all night as she was quite tired and mum was making a lot of noise in the nearby field.

"As firefighters we don't like to milk our successes but we were particularly chuffed with this one.

"Daisy was unharmed apart from the odd bump and bruise and quickly made her way back to her mum for a cuddle."

He said the firefighters were called in after attempts by the farmer to free his calf failed.

The Technical Rescue Unit and a fire crew from Cleckheaton Fire Station were called to scene, in the Brow Lane area, at about 6.45am.

Young Belgian Blue cow named Daisy Credit: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service/PA Wire
Young Belgian Blue cow named Daisy Credit: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service/PA Wire

Nine firefighters worked to free Daisy who was stuck around a metre and a half deep under rocks with her nose poking out.

She was freed by 8.45am, Mr Lawton said.

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