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A Cow in a Tree?


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I heard that is what 911 said to the firemen last Sunday when I called for a cow rescue.

No, it was not in a tree, it was lying between the panels of a hay feeder, which had come apart and was now tipped on end with a heifer's head trapped and laying on her side.

When I found her Sunday morning, I noted that her back looked deformed, she didn't move her hind legs although she raised her head to look at me. It was obvious there was nothing I could do, not even with the help of my tractor.

"Oh no, " I thought, “she may have a broken back, at the very least it's obvious she is paralyzed in her back legs. "

"911, yes I think it's an emergency at least for a cow. Can the firemen use the Jaws of Life to rescue a cow? Or maybe she needs to be cut out if they have equipment for that. "

Somehow the dispatcher told the firemen that a cow was trapped in a tree. Puzzled they quickly responded to my farm.

Parking the firetrucks near a grove of trees they asked, "Where is your cow?"

"Right there, " I said, pointing in the other direction to the cow trapped in the upended feeder on the ground.

"You mean that dead cow?"

"Oh no, " I moaned, “She was still alive a few minutes ago. "

The firemen got out of their trucks to check on her and as they converged on the seemingly dead animal, she didn't think she liked all the attention.

Shaking her head and shoulders loose, she struggled to her feet and wobbled off a short distance, leaving me amazed.

I was thrilled to have a healthy heifer that got out of the trap on her own and was able to walk away.

I suspect the firemen were a little disappointed not to find a cow in a tree after all.

That reminds me of another story, but you can read about that at a later time.

Sandy writes humorous columns for her local newspaper. Her stories are taken from children and animals all of which seem to teach us lessons on a daily basis. In addition Sandy who has raised Missouri Foxtrotters for 25 years is now rescuing unwanted horses and seeks financial help. Her farm would support more but lack of funds prevents her from taking more than the four needy horses she has. So far she has turned down one mule and 3 horses needing a ‘forever home’ due to lack of funds for feed and vet care.


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