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Firefighters free upside-down cow

Cow rescued in Cumbria
Farm workers helped firefighters rescue the cow

A cow was freed by firefighters after it became trapped upside-down between two walls.

The animal had jumped over a fence and became stuck between a garage and outer wall in Hollygate Road, Dalton-in-Furness, on Monday afternoon.

Firefighters attached rescue harnesses and dislodged the animal by using a mobile digger as a small crane.

It is believed the cow had been unsettled by a vehicle being used in the farmer's field.

Barrow station manager Roger Exley, of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, said: "The cow had become quite anxious and decided to take after the farmer's vehicle.

"It approached quite a high-sided wall and fence, managed somehow to straddle that fence and ended up in a two-foot wide ditch - basically trapping itself upside down between two walls."

Farmer Dave Mutton said the animal, valued at about £2,000, was lucky not to have sustained serious injuries.

He said: "We got the vet out to check her over and he gave her an anti-inflammatory injection. A few hours later she was grazing away as normal.

"Cows are usually quite intelligent, but this one was a bit silly."

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