Fire crews free calf with head stuck in feeder

The trapped calf
The trapped calf

Firefighters were called to a field in Knowsley to free a calf who got his head stuck in a metal feeder.

The specialist fire and rescue service crew, along with the RSPCA, was contacted by a member of the public who spotted the stricken calf in a field just off a public footpath near Knowsley Industrial Estate on Monday April 30.

The trapped calf

The trapped calf

RSPCA animal welfare office (AWO) David Hatton went along to check on the calf’s welfare.

He said: “The calf had his head well and truly stuck between the metal bars of the feeder and the mother was there so I wasn’t able to free him alone in the dark.

"He was kicking out and moving around so was clearly uncomfortable and distressed. I needed to get him out.

“I called Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service for assistance and they sent a crew who called in a specialist team from Croxteth.

“The crew used a hydraulic cutter to carefully cut the bars and free the calf without scaring him or mum.”

One fire engine and the search and rescue team attended and the whole rescue missing took around an hour. Thankfully the calf wasn’t injured and trotted off to re-join his mother and the rest of the herd.

A Spokesman for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service said: “Crews from Kirby and Croxteth attended the incident and utilised hydraulic cutting equipment to release the calf’s head from metal railings.

“The calf appeared to be unharmed and, once released, was reunited with its mother.”

“I’m incredibly grateful to the member of the public who raised the alarm and to the fire service for their assistance in this rescue,” AWO Hatton added.

Anyone who spots an animal in distress should contact the RSPCA’s 24-hour emergency hotline on 0300 1234 999.

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