Wednesday 9 June 2010

Rogue cow rescued from Dorset swimming pool

Tom Phillips

A runaway cow ended up taking an unexpected swim in a swimming pool in Dorset after she escaped from a nearby field.

It's not clear exactly why the cow to take a dip, but emergency services in Dorset were forced to undertake a complex rescue operation lasting several hours to free her from her watery abode.

The low-key rural drama unfolded early yesterday morning when the animal - who was named Daisy by rescuers - escaped from a field on a farm in Motcombe, before wandering into the garden of a neighbouring holiday cottage.

The startled cow then suddenly found herself submerged in a small pool.

Two fire crews from Shaftesbury, an animal rescue team from Poole, a vet and a hydraulic vehicle borrowed from the farmer were required in the rescue operation.

Fire officer Michael Stead, 41, who was called to the scene at 9.30am, said the cow - which was less than a year old and not fully grown - could have been in the water for a number of hours.

'It was amazingly calm and it behaved pretty well,' he said. 'But it did make a few laps of the pool when we tried to put the harness on it, trying to make its escape.'

Daisy eventually had to be sedated by the vet before she could be lifted from the water, returned to dry land, and led back to her herd - showing no signs of harm from her misadventure other than some after-effects of the sedative.

'She was a bit wobbly and looked a bit drunk - probably wondering what all the fuss was about,' the fire officer said.

He added: 'I have been involved in other incidents with cows but never one in a swimming pool before. We are just grateful in this case that it wasn't a public swimming pool.'

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