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Cow stuck between two trees rescued

Photo: RSPCA

A cow which was stuck between two trees had to be rescued by Derbyshire fire service.

Police contacted the RSPCA after they received reports that a heifer’s head had become lodged between two trees on a steep bank in Alfreton, Derbyshire on June 20.

The poor cow was already very weak and dehydrated, and was surrounded by four large uncastrated male Limousin bulls.

As any rescue attempt would be extra perilous due to the ‘angry bulls’, the RSPCA called on Matlock and Alfreton Fire and Rescue Service to help keep them away with jets of water, while charity workers battled to save the stricken cow.

On top of the steep conditions, there were also four large, angry bulls standing guard over the cow, so I am very grateful to the fire service for attending,” said

“Their jets of water helped keep me safe while we winched the trees apart and managed to free the cow. I love all animals, but I have to admit having four large randy bulls circling around me was quite an ‘interesting’ experience - and once I don’t want to repeat any time soon!”

– RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer Andy Snowdon

As soon as the cow was freed, the RSPCA and a vet rushed to check her over. She was very weak from her ordeal, so the RSPCA officer stayed with her for several hours, and revisited the next day to make sure she was recovering from her ordeal.