Firefighters rescue week-old calf from 10m well
CURIOSITY may have gotten the better of this calf had it not been for firefighters dedicated to rescuing him from a well.
Sampson the calf is one bovine lucky to be alive after he got stuck at the bottom of a 10m well Tuesday morning.
Geham farmer Chris Cristaldi was walking past by chance when he noted Sampson's mother distressed and without her one-week-old calf.
"It was lucky I had the day off," Mr Cristaldi said.
"I saw the mother on her own near where the well is and thought it was a bit unusual she wasn't with the herd."
The last place he thought Sampson could have gotten to was the well.
"I thought, 'surely not, he can't be in there'," Mr Cristaldi said.
"But I stuck my head in there and thought, 'you've got to be bloody joking' and sure enough he was in there."
He said he called the firefighters, if not for a rescue mission then for some advice.
"I didn't hold out much hope (after seeing him in the well)," he said.
"But I made the call and got the ball rolling and the firies were the only chance.
"No one else was going down there and if they had said no then so be it."
About three hours after making the call, the firefighters had pulled Sampson from the well and had him checked over by a vet.
"I'm very grateful for what they did and how they went about it in such a timely fashion," he said.
"They didn't hesitate to put themselves at a little bit of risk there to save my animal.
"They were the auxiliary firies too and they have other jobs to do but they were kind enough to come out and do that."
He said the well had been covered by logs but Sampson's curiosity must have gotten the better of him.
"He's still small enough to have fit his nose in there," he said.
"Curiosity killed the cat and we're just lucky that curiosity didn't get the better of the calf."
Mr Cristaldi said he had since fenced off the well.