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Sunday 23 September 2018

Calf has 'lucky' escape after tree falls on him during Storm Hector

The calf became trapped under a tree. Credit: BBC
The calf became trapped under a tree. Credit: BBC

A calf had a lucky escape after becoming trapped under a huge tree as Storm Hector raged across Northern Ireland.

The calf's owners told the BBC that a number of trees had collapsed on their farm and when they found the calf they feared he was dead.

"We got up around 5:30am and I happened to look out the window when I saw the damage," Caroline McCarron told the BBC.

"I said to my husband (Kevin) that there was bound to be calves trapped under the trees.

"At first, we thought it was dead, but it moved when we touched it."

It took a huge effort from the couple to get the calf to safety.

"It took around 10 minutes to get it free. We pushed against the tree but we couldn't really move it," said Mrs McCarron.

"We then tried pushing the calf in one direction while pushing the tree in the other.

"Finally, it managed to free itself, stand up, and shake itself off."

Mrs McCarron said the close shave had given the family the perfect name for their fortunate calf.

"I've never seen anything like it. We'll have to call it Lucky after that," she said.

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