A heifer trapped at the bottom of cliffs in Devon for more than a week has been rescued by the RSPCA – by sea!
The complex rescue saw the heifer transported by sea from Start Point to Hallsands by a team of RSPCA officers with support from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and the RNLI.
The Devon Red Ruby, nicknamed Rocky, was stunned by a vet before being moved by the rescue team to an RSPCA boat that had it’s engine removed to accommodate the large and unusual load.
RSPCA chief inspector Richard Abbott, who coordinated the rescue, said: “We’re really pleased we were able to successfully rescue Rocky. It was a difficult rescue that took a lot of preparation, planning, and hard work from all involved.
“Rocky was trapped at the bottom of the cliffs with no way of lifting her back up so the only option was to bring her to land by sea. We used mud mats to get her into our boat before we began the tricky journey along the coastline where she was brought to shore where we had a team ready to give her the care she needed.”
The farmer, who provided food for Rocky during her ordeal by travelling to her by sea kayak, was reunited with Rocky after the rescue.