An extraordinary rescue operation was performed at High Tirfergus Farm, Scotland, thirty years ago.
A cow – which was grazing “out on the hill” - had taken milk fever and was unable to stand.
The owners of the farm enlisted the assistance of Alistair Cousin, a veterinary practitioner, but the cow was in an inaccessible place.
“Getting out to lift her with a tractor was impossible. Alistair jokingly suggested that the only hope was if we had a helicopter!” High Tirfergus Farm explained in a post on Facebook.
“Dad was never one to let the small matter of finding a helicopter put him off and after a phone call to RAF Machrihanish, who put him in touch with HMS Gannet at Prestwick, we were told that the rescue helicopter was on its way,” they explained.
“The cow was sedated and Alistair, dad and myself waited on its arrival.”
Within 30-minutes, the helicopter arrived overhead but it was unable to touch down due to the rough and boggy terrain.
“As the helicopter hovered just above the ground, the crew jumped off and came over, got the cow in a net and secured her ready for her journey to the farm.”
“I said I would head back to show them where to land while dad and Alistair hitched a ride in the helicopter.”
The rescue operation was successful. “When we thanked the pilot and crew for what they had done, they said that they had been training at Prestwick Airport by moving barrels from one side of the airport to the other so to be asked to come and lift a cow in difficult conditions was of much more benefit to them.”
Image source: High Tirgergus Farm \ Facebook