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Crews move in to help ‘udderly’ helpless cow in mud

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

07/05/14 Calf rescue
Calf rescued from mud on Burton washlands....

07/05/14 Calf rescue Calf rescued from mud on Burton washlands....

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FIREFIGHTERS turned animal rescuers when a cow became stuck in the mud on the Washlands in Burton.

Crews were called out to help the animal at around 2pm today, after they were called by a workman from Western Power Distribution, who was fitting power cable.

There were concerns that the young bull might not survive the trauma, as he seemed exhausted and panicked when firefighters arrived, but after they removed him from the mire and gave him some oxygen he seemed to revive.

Crew manager Danny Shea, from Burton Fire Station, said: “It was absolutely exhausted and shivering, but we kept it warm and gave it some water and oxygen and all of a sudden it was up and away.

“I think it just needed a rest for a bit.”

The RSPCA was called out to offer advice on dealing with the cow, and he has now gone back to his owner with instructions to take him to see the vet.

Mr Shea said it was relatively rare to be called out to recover a cow in the mud, and he had only seen it once or twice in this area.

The animal became stuck in the area of the Washlands adjacent to the Burton Mail woodlands.

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