In High(land) spirits to find newborn
AN RSPCA inspector had an udder shock last Wednesday when he was called to an emergency involving a collapsed Highland cow.
In a game of high steaks, Jamie Godfrey raced in a lunchtime dash to a field off Narcot Lane, Chalfont St Giles, only to arrive to find a proud new mum and her one-hour-old calf.
The reports were of a collapsed cow but when he arrived at the field and eventually managed to find the huge, red-coloured Highland cow, he was shocked to see the bovine beast had given birth.
He said: “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.
“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 days like this one that remind me of the wonders of life and why I do this job.”
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