Firefighters rescue young calf from underground water tank in West Sussex village

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Firefighters successfully rescued a young calf which became stuck in an underground water tank at a farm in West Sussex.

A West Sussex fire officer and the Surrey Animal Rescue Unit attended the incident in Slaugham Road, Staplefield, on Monday evening (June 10).

"Firefighters liaised with a vet to successfully rescue a five-month-old calf that was stuck in an underground water tank at a farm,” West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service wrote on social media.

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"Water and animal rescue equipment, plus a crane/hoist, were used in getting the calf to a place of safety.”

A West Sussex fire officer and the Surrey Animal Rescue Unit attended the incident in Slaugham Road, Staplefield, on Monday evening. Photo: West Sussex Fire and Rescue ServiceA West Sussex fire officer and the Surrey Animal Rescue Unit attended the incident in Slaugham Road, Staplefield, on Monday evening. Photo: West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service
A West Sussex fire officer and the Surrey Animal Rescue Unit attended the incident in Slaugham Road, Staplefield, on Monday evening. Photo: West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

The owner of the calf, Kaye Baker, left a comment on Facebook to praise the firefighters – and reassure the public.

She wrote: “This is our calf that fell in the water pit and the fire and rescue service were amazing so we cannot thank them enough, but please do not think it will go to slaughter, this is a young suckler cow so she will stay with us for the rest of her life, living on our farm in Sussex having calves like all her siblings.”

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