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81-year-old Borders man trampled by cows

An 81-year-old man from the Borders has been seriously injured after being trampled by a herd of cows whilst out walking his dog.

The man, thought to be from Duns, is being treated for several injuries at the Borders General Hospital near Melrose.

He had been walking on farmland near Marchmount House, Greenlaw, when he was attacked.

A caretaker from Marchmount drove into the field to separate the cows and managed to get the injured man into his car.

"It happened as the man walked down the avenue in front of Marchmont House with his dog amongst cows and calves. The cows were adamant they were wanting him and the dog.

"People don't seem to realise the danger. Cows are big strong heavy animals and are very protective of their young, as any animal is.

"You want to avoid them at all costs."

– Local man

"This is an unfortunate accident and all within the farming community wish this walker a speedy recovery.

"Unfortunately this is not the first incident of this kind.

"Cows can be placid but cows protecting young calves are much less tolerant of anything in their field they might perceive as a threat.

"Dogs, no matter how well behaved, are a particular target in this repsect."

– Nina Clancy, Regional Manager, National Farmers Union Scotland

Moo-ving experience for rescued cow

Fire and Rescue workers assessing the cow Credit: Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

Specialist equipment has been used to rescue a cow that fell 100 feet down an embankment and into a river near Sedbergh in Cumbria.

Firefighters well called to the river Rawthey after a local farmer found the 12-month-old cow in the water.

The cow being hoisted to safety Credit: Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

Members of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service used ropes to get down to the cow and a specialist swift water rescue team moved it to a place where it could be hoisted to safety.

Local builder George Baines provided a crane which was then used to lift the cow from the riverside up to a bridge.

The crane lifts the cow to safety Credit: Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

The animal escaped serious injury and is expected to make a full recovery.

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