An RSPCA inspector had a pleasant surprise when he was called to an emergency involving a collapsed cow - only to arrive to a proud new mum and her one-hour-old calf.
Inspector Jaime Godfrey was called to Chalfont St Giles, in Buckinghamshire, at lunchtime on Wednesday (16 March) to reports of a collapsed Highland cow.
“It took me a while to find her in the woodland. I was running through the woods with the caller on the phone directing me to the right spot.”Jaime Godfrey. RSPCA inspector
He arrived at the location, off Narcot Lane, and eventually managed to find the huge, red-coloured Highland cow.
“It took me a while to find her in the woodland,” inspector Godfrey said. “I was running through the woods with the caller on the phone directing me to the right spot.
“When I finally found the cow I was delighted to see the mother licking her newborn calf clean. He must have been only an hour or so old.
“He was standing up and appeared perfectly healthy so I imagine the caller spotted the pair on the ground just after birth.
“I kept my distance as new mothers can be very protective of their calves, and I didn’t want to risk getting too close to those huge foot-long horns!
“Mum also seemed to be happy and healthy after the birth.
“It was a wonderful surprise and I was glad there were no animals in distress. It’s jobs like this one that remind me of the wonders of life and why I do this job.”
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