Rescued cow Shorty becomes a mum

Published Thursday, 23 February 2012
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Shorty the cow - who was rescued last summer after falling hundreds of feet down a valley in the Sperrins - has just become a mum.

Rescued cow Shorty becomes a mum
A 20-strong team helped pull Shorty to safety. (© UTV)

Her life has been full up ups and downs, but with the birth of her son Charlie the Calf, Shorty has reached a new high.

Just last August things weren't looking good for the pregnant animal when she slipped 350 feet down the sheer slope of a ravine near Dungiven.

But a daring rescue plan was hatched, involving a specially made harness which was used to winch Shorty out of the hole inch by inch.

She has since made a full recovery and, with the ordeal behind her, is settling in to motherhood.

"It was all worth it to see her here with the calf and hopefully she'll have many other calves in years to come," owner Colin Gibson told UTV.

And Rosie Gibson said the new-born in the barn is every bit as adventurous as his mum.

"He's jumping about and having a great time," she explained.

"He likes to have a wee sleep now and again but he skips about and he just loves everything - but we won't be letting him near any steep ground.

"We won't be letting them out of our sight anytime soon."

It seems the local community has taken little Charlie to their hearts.

And as this moo-ving tale comes to a 'nappy' ending, everyone agrees that Short deserves a 'wee calf' after everything she has been through!

© UTV News
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