Watch a Cow Being Rescued From a Deep Well

Posted on by PETA

Animal Rahat – a PETA-supported organisation that helps street animals and animals who are forced to work – has truly dedicated volunteers. On 22 June, a member of Animal Rahat’s Human Help Line Team in Sangli reported that a cow had fallen into a 70-foot well with 30 feet of water in it, and the rescue team sprang into action.

Frightened and frantic, the cow was moving around in circles trying to get out of the well when Animal Rahat’s team arrived on the scene with an emergency vehicle, a crane, a lifting belt, and rescue equipment.

Animal Rahat’s senior animal-welfare assistant was lowered into the well with a harness and rope until he was able to position himself at the side of the well. First, he had to remove large tree branches with sharp thorns so that the cow wouldn’t be harmed when the crane lifted her out of the well.

With help from Animal Rahat’s veterinary assistant, two rescue workers were able to pull the panicked cow to the side of the well and secure an industrial belt around her belly region. Once the belt was connected to the crane hook, the crane operator slowly lifted the cow to safety without so much as a scratch on her.

The cow had struggled for two hours in cold water in her guardian’s well, but it took Animal Rahat only 25 minutes to rescue her. The group’s veterinarian administered a painkiller to ease the cow’s discomfort after such a long fall. Rescue workers dried her off, and the cow’s guardian built a fire to warm her up. After an hour, her temperature reached a healthy range. The cow’s guardian was very appreciative for Animal Rahat’s quick thinking and resourcefulness.

The moral of this story is that wells should always be fenced in or covered so that animals do not fall into them. Animal Rahat has undertaken many rescue missions to save animals who are trapped in wells – sometimes for days. The organisation will be following up with the cow’s guardian to make sure that a fence is built around the well in order to prevent future calamities.