Fire-fighters spent over four hours engaged in a particularly unusual rescue operation.
The cow, a calf called 'Sparkle', had managed to get itself in to the awkward predicament after falling 100 feet down a steep embankment in Cumbria. The tree that it ended up stuck in actually broke its fall, saving it from a potentially worse fate. Vets and firemen wearing body armour spent four hours freeing the distressed bovine.
"They had to wear body armour in case a stray hoof lashed out at them," said a fire department spokesman. "The vet checked the cow over and it seemed reasonably happy and relatively unscathed."
"The 660-pound calf, called Sparkle, was discovered in a state of distress after falling down the ravine on a farm Sheriff Park, near Penrith, Cumbria."
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