Firemen rescue cow from river mud

The calf is pulled out of mud at the River Hamble

The calf is pulled out of mud at the River Hamble

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A calf was rescued from rising waters as it tried to grab a cooling drink in the River Hamble.

The nine-month-old Belgian blue got stuck in mud trying to reach the river near Manor Farm Country Park in Lower Swanwick.

Animal rescue specialist Buster Brown, assisted by firefighters from Lyndhurst and Hightown, faced a race against time to free the calf before high tide.

Watch Manager Brown said: ‘The farmer had allowed his herd of around 20 young calves into the field for the first time and this one had tried to get down to the river for a drink.

‘It got stuck in mud around 20m from the hard shingle bank so we attached a strop around its upper torso and and were able to ease it out, sliding the calf across the mud to safety.

‘The tide had begun to turn so we had to work quickly and efficiently to ensure the animal was clear of the water before the high tide.’

The calf was released from the mud unharmed by 5.15pm yesterday - just under two hours after the alert was raised.

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