The perils of a mother cow becoming separated from her calf were at the heart of yesterday’s double cow recue in Slaithwaite.
Cleckheaton fire station’s Technical Rescue Unit dealt with an unusual rescue when a mother cow and her calf became stranded in a drainage culvert in Slaithwaite shortly after midday.
It’s believed that the young calf had slipped in the fast flowing water and had gone under a low bridge and the mother cow had followed her offspring into the water but could not get under the bridge herself.
This created a situation where mother cow and calf were both stranded in the water on separate sides of the bridge.
Crews managed to walk the calf out of the culvert with a bit of coaxing but the mother cow was proving stubborn and would not move from where she last saw her calf.
Crews had to attach a harness and the farmer’s telehandler machine was used to lift the cow out of the culvert and onto the bankside where, assisted by the farmer, the mother and calf were reunited without injury. The rescue, which involved eight fire crew and a Technical Rescue Officer, took around two hours in total.