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Pregnant cow trapped for five days is rescued in Sperrin Mountains

By Lesley Houston

An operation to save a pregnant cow trapped for five days in the Sperrin Mountains proved a success yesterday.

Shorty, a short-horned suckler, finally began a 350m journey back up the slope she had fallen down last week to the safety of her farm in Co Londonderry.

After wandering off her usual patch of field near Feeny, outside Dungiven, Shorty is now back on her feet, safe and well with owner, farmer Colin Gibson.

Operation 'Get Shorty' had taken two days of preparation and eight hours yesterday to bring the stranded beast back up the hill.

She had gone missing last Thursday, but following two days of searching a neighbour spotted the distressed cow.

The emergency services were called in and spent most of Sunday and Monday clearing the heavily wooded area.

The final rescue attempt sprung into action at 9am yesterday when members of the North West Mountain Rescue enlisted the help of Dungiven man and animal recovery specialist Joe Rodgers and 20 volunteers.

"We think she got through a fence and then fell down to where we found her," explained Mr Gibson.

Last night Mr Gibson was waiting to learn if the animal's fall had caused her to lose her unborn calf.

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