Wiltshire

Firefighters rescue cow from Wiltshire well

Cow in well
The "extremely frightened" beast was sedated

Pictures have been released of the moment firefighters rescued a cow from a 10ft (3m) well in Wiltshire.

A service spokesman said the 12-month-old fell through the cover at Hayleaze Farm, Crudwell, but the impact was softened by the water.

The "challenging rescue" was carried out by a crew from Malmesbury and the animal rescue team from Stratton.

The well had to be drained so the "extremely frightened" animal could be sedated.

A teleporter was then used to lift it out in the operation on Wednesday.

A Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "Apart from a few cuts and scrapes, the cow was no worse the wear for her ordeal."

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