FIREFIGHTERS from Solihull Fire Station were called to a steaky situation yesterday (August 18), rescuing five cows submoo-ged in a canal.
The crew were joined by the technical rescue team based at Bickenhill to haul out the heifers who were enjoying a dip in the Stratford-on-Avon canal.
West Midlands Fire Service said the cows had escaped from a nearby farmer’s field and were returned to their paddock.
A spokesman for the fire service said: “We received a call at 9.30am to a farm on Warings Green Road in Hockley Heath.
“We sent a fire engine from Solihull with five firefighters. The initial report found three cows in the canal in around four feet of water.
“They were not in distress but started moving, so crew followed them along the path from bridge 19 to bridge 18.
“They contacted the farmer who came to the scene, when it was clear there were five cows in the water. They were all removed from the canal with the help of Technical Rescue Crew. All the cows were fit and well.”
One Twitter wag surmised: “They just wanted to have a dip on their staycation…usually at this time of year they are living it up in Ibeefa.”
Daniel Smith also posted “I hope they didn’t get a pat on the back from the cows as a thank you!”