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Calf rescued from disused quarry in West Yorkshire

A calf was rescued by firefighters this morning after getting into a scrape in Holmfirth, Kirklees.

Credit: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
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The four-month old Belgian Blue female calf was feeling down when she became stuck between a rock and a hard place in woodland in a disused quarry.

Daisy, as she's now called, had wandered from her field in the area of Brow Lane at some point overnight and had slipped into the hole.

She was spotted by an early morning dog walker who raised the alarm with the farmer who made attempts to free Daisy himself.

Credit: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

With no luck, he called the Fire Service at around 6.45am who sent the Technical Rescue Unit and fire engine from Cleckheaton Fire Station.

Nine firefighters quickly got to work to free Daisy who was stuck around a metre and a half deep under rocks with her nose poking out.

One large rock, weighing around 3,000 kilos, was winched away before Daisy could be harnessed and lifted free herself.

It’s estimated Daisy, who was named by the firefighters, weighed around 200 kilos.

She was freed by 8.45am and was back in the field chewing the cud with her friends.

“This kind of rescue is not ‘un-herd’ of but it was particularly challenging because of the tight spot Daisy had got herself into. We think she may have been there all night as she was quite tired and mum was making a lot of noise in the nearby field. As firefighters we don’t like to milk our successes but we were particularly chuffed with this one. Daisy was unharmed apart from the odd bump and bruise and quickly made her way back to her mum for a cuddle.”

– Technical Rescue Officer Chris Lawton