Two emergencies within 24 hours after a disoriented cow escaped in western Sydney.
- Emergency services called to Caddens shopping center for illegal cows
- Firefighters escorted cattle to Wellington
- The cow was then trapped in a muddy dam in need of rescue
The cow was first spotted free-ranging at the Caddens shopping center near Penrith on Tuesday night.
Firefighters said they planned to torment the capricious cow.
“It’s very difficult to move the cattle to another location that night,” said Adam Dewberry, New South Wales Fire and Rescue Chief.
Unable to find her owner, the crew left the cow for overnight storage on the premises of Western Sydney University in Wellington.
“They escorted the cows hoping they were safe and sound … they thought the job was done,” Superintendent Dewberry said.
But around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the crew received another emergency call when the cow was stuck up to its stomach in the mud inside the campus dam.
“This same cow had more bad luck and got stuck in a dam,” he said.
Firefighters used a 38mm fire hose to create a makeshift lasso.
“Using a canvas hose that we have on our fire engine, the firefighters wrapped it around their bodies and escorted them from the dam,” Dewberry said.
“The firefighters and the police soothed it and gave it confidence so that with some comfort and a little encouragement it could free itself.”
The cow was reportedly too exhausted from the ordeal to stand.
The crew stayed with her until she recovered from her ordeal.
“I’m still fine,” Superintendent Dewberry said.
Fire and Rescue NSW said the identities of the cows and their owners remain a mystery.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-04/rogue-cow-causes-two-western-sydney-emergencies/101826878 A cow gets lost in a shopping center