Pregnant Cow Sparked A Two-Day Rescue Operation After Falling Off A Cliff.

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A pregnant cow got too close to a cliff when she fell over 100 feet down.

Cows seem pretty docile and content, grazing the fields. In reality, these animals have complex emotions that go beyond eating and lying around all day long. Krista McLennan studied cows for her PhD at Northampton University in England. She discovered cows are actually quite social creatures who bond with others and become visibly stressed when they are separated from their friends.

One cow in Polzeath in Cornwall, England must have had a rough day at the farm when she wondered off and found herself in a lot of trouble.


The animal was part of a herd near the cliff but wandered off from the group. It is believed she lost her footing at one point, resulting in the fall.

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The white animal was spotted among the green hills and dark rocks in the quiet village on Saturday March 18, 2017.

The Cornwall Fire Service, Polzeath Coastguard, and Padstow Lifeboat were called to the scene.

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Time was of the essence as the tide was rising and night was falling.

The rescue team had to call off their mission when it got dark outside.

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They returned the next morning and were relieved to see the animal still clinging to the rocks.

The team was shocked the tide did not push the cow into the water or drown her.

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The Polzeath Coastguard Rescue Team shared their experience on Facebook.

"We were paged along with Padstow Lifeboat to provide assistance to Cornwall Fire and Rescue Team for the recovery of a cow," their post read.

Polzeath Coastguard / Facebook

The two-day rescue involved sedating the animal.

She was put in a harness strong enough to pull her back up.

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The cow is a rare White Park breed.

"The incident was made extremely difficult as the cow swam to an isolated island where she was out of reach of the emergency services," the Polzeath Coastguard posted on their Facebook page.

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"The cow was successfully rescued to dry land where she was left in the safe hands of the vet and farmer," the Polzeath Coastguard updated on their page.

"Despite her ordeal she is now back happily grazing in the field," it concluded.

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