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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Two Weekend Animal Rescues in Stafford

08/05/2012

Stafford firefighters were kept busy over the weekend, rescuing a cow and a deer which had both become trapped in separate circumstances.

"The training the firefighters on the Unimog have undergone also proved invaluable, as their knowledge helped to speed up the rescue process."

Station Manager, Neil Burton

On Saturday Stafford and Cannock firefighters were called to reports of a cow severely trapped in deep mud in fields off Doxey Road in Stafford just before 5pm.

Access to the cow proved to be difficult due to the terrain so the new Unimog vehicle was sent for which easily reached the cow.

Station Manager, Neil Burton said: "This incident gave the new Unimog vehicle a chance to show off its 4x4 capabilities and it reached the trapped cow easily.

"The training the firefighters on the Unimog have undergone also proved invaluable, as their knowledge helped to speed up the rescue process.

"Firefighters set to work digging away as much of the mud trapping the cow as possible before attaching strops to the animal and attempting to lift her free of the mud.

"The cow was very deep into the mud, up to the chest, so it took some considerable time to pull her free. We did manage to identify the owner using the serial number inside the cow’s ear and a vet was also called to attend.

"Once the cow was freed, we left her with the owner and the, vet who checked the animal over and was happy that she was ok."

Crews left the incident at 7.50pm.

Yesterday crews from Stafford were then called to a property on Harrowby Street in Littleworth in the early hours of the morning after the occupants spotted a deer trapped in a fence behind their house.

One crew from Stafford attended at just after 2.00am and managed to free the Muntjac deer which was then released back into the wild.

Crews left the scene at around 2.30am.