Have you ever been in a strange situation and thought to yourself, “how did I end up here!?” If you have, (and who hasn’t!) then you know exactly how one Australian cow felt when she ended up neck-deep in a neighbor’s swimming pool one Saturday afternoon in New South Wales.
While it’s unclear just how she ended up going for a swim, the baffled bovine was helped out of her predicament by the volunteers at the New South Wales State Emergency Service.
The NSW SES, which describes itself as a “volunteer-based organisation that provides emergency assistance to the people of NSW 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” usually responds to road accidents or helps with clean-up after natural disasters.
The 9,000-strong organization is known, especially in rural areas, for getting the job done when no one else can. Coaxing a cow from a swimming pool definitely wasn’t something they had previous experience in, but the team got it done!
Writing on Facebook, the group explained how they rescued the “very friendly, healthy cow” from her neighbor’s pool “after a period of time and some significant coaxing.”
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“Because the cow was quite relaxed and appeared very good-natured, we thought we could coax her to walk up the steps of the pool. We didn’t want to distress her because it’s much easier working with a cow that’s cooperative,” explained Geoff Kiehne, the area’s SES Commander, in an interview with 9news.
Kiehne explained that although the event was “very unusual,” they had experts on hand. The NSW SES has two large animal specialists that consult with response teams in unfamiliar situations.
Thankfully, because the cow was cooperative, the crew was able to help her walk up the pool’s steps and out of the backyard without the help of a crane or any other equipment.
Just like that, as strangely as she appeared, the cow was gone. So how now did this brown cow end up there, anyway?
No one can say for sure, but the animal experts at the NSW SES took a guess, speculating that something had given her a scare and caused her to flee headlong into whatever was in front of her — in this case a backyard fence followed by a pool.
Thankfully, however this story started, it has a happy ending!
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