LOGGED UP: This calf found itself in a sticky situation, but was freed by Claire Kapernick. Contributed
LOGGED UP: This calf found itself in a sticky situation, but was freed by Claire Kapernick. Contributed Contributed

What wood you do?

IT'S not often that a cow gets caught in its own headspace.

But that's exactly what Mondure farmers discovered at the weekend when a calf was stuck in the fork of a tree.

Claire Kapernick was busy loading a hay truck with her husband, when the odd sight struck her from the corner of her eye.

"We were just loading a hay truck, and I could see these legs moving. I thought, 'What are they doing?'" Claire said.

She had to act quickly to save the calf, although its anxious mother proved to be a challenge.

"She was going 'what are you trying to do to my baby?'," Claire said.

"The calf was never in any danger, we were probably in more danger with the calf's mother.

"But if we hadn't had seen it (the calf), it would have been a different story."

Hay was used to divert the mother cow's attention, allowing Claire and her husband to free the calf.

"My husband got at the end and lifted and pushed forward, and I lifted at the back," she said.

"It came out rather easily, it only took 10 seconds.

"It was hot and bothersome."

Unsure of the exact reason the calf got stuck, Claire believes it was scratching its head when it got lodged between the trunks.

"Their reaction is to pull back and that makes it tighter," Claire said.

"In 20 odd years of farming, this has only happened twice.

"We had a cow get stuck before, we actually had to cut the tree (to free it)."

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