I heard, on the
radio an RSPCA Inspector being interviewed by the BBC journalist Peter Allen on his programme 'Drive'
on Radio 5 live. They discussed the types of call out experienced by RSPCA inspectors.
Several of these proved to be amusing:
An inspector was summoned to a home where a parakeet had escaped and alighted on the roof of the house. The inspector was asked if he needed a ladder so that he could climb up to rescue the stranded bird.
Alan, the inspector, retorted that he would simply whistle to the bird and hold out his finger. The parakeet promptly flew down and landed on his finger and was recaptured. The owner was absolutely amazed at
this brilliance and knowledge of parakeets.
Alan later confided to friends that it was a pure fluke and he hadn't
known that it would work and anyway he was afraid of heights.
Here is the situation, Jenny the farmer's
wife looks out of her window. What does she see but a bull in a field caught his head in between the bars of a feeder.
Jenny calls the fire brigade.
Their siren only makes the bull more agitated. When they appraise the situation they realise they are not equipped to deal with cattle, so they phone for the RSPCA inspector to help free the animal.
Six hefty firemen and the inspector push and pull the
beast and eventually they wrestle its head from between the bars.
The bull was, by now, very angry and turned snorting at the men and began to attack them.
Fearing for their life, they hide in the animal feeder. Whereupon the farmer's
wife burst into tears of joy followed by tears of laughter.
Jenny was now able to rescue the rescuers.
All she did was get the bull's
old milk bottle, half fill it with milk, put on the teat, and use it to lead the bull from the animal feeder into the farmyard and close the gate.
The RSPCA was called to rescue the heifer called 'Spinner' from a field
at Higher Fraddon, St Columb, Cornwall, England. The cow had to be freed
after getting her head stuck in a fly-tipped washing machine drum.
The lucky cow escaped injury after her ordeal; but the animal charity
warned today that fly tipping can cause animals harm. 'It is one of the more
unusual things we had had to rescue an animal from,' said RSPCA spokeswoman
Jo Barr. 'Young cows are quite curious, and she probably thought there was
some food inside the drum,' she added.
A member of the public spotted the frustrated 'Spinner' trying to free
herself from the metal drum. RSPCA inspector David Hobbs rescued the heifer,
and she has since returned to her herd unharmed.
Lesson: Keep your nose out of things that do not concern you.
Will and Guy hope that 'Spinner' has found the 'Energy Saving Setting'.
A Sussex policeman has been hospitalised after being attacked by a herd
of young tearaways. In this case, the violent gang consisted of 50 cows.
Inspector Chris Poole received four broken ribs and a punctured lung after
the normally docile animals butted and stamped on him when he was out
walking his dog on the South Downs. One angry cow charged him in the back,
forcing him to the ground, before the others members of the herd joined in.
Mr Poole said he only managed to escape when Zak, his faithful golden
retriever, ran away and the cows chased after it. Inspector Poole then
managed to attract the attention of another dog walker, who called for an
The RSPCA said cows could become protective of their young to the point
of becoming aggressive, especially if a large dog was nearby. There are no
plans to place an ASBO on the herd.
Probably you have heard the expression, 'Like a Bull in a China Shop' but
how about a like a bull in a family home? We have learned that a red-brown
Limousin bull which escaped from a farmer near Aachen, Germany, later
careered through a house.
'It came in the back and went out the front,' reported a surprised Police
spokesperson. Having done a grand tour of the house inspecting the hall,
kitchen and living room the bull left by the front door Will and Guy have
been informed. On its destructive way it managed to create nearly £8,000
[$16,000 USD] worth of damage. No people were hurt while the bull ran riot
we are pleased to say. However, the bull was later put down.
cows, Daisy and Ermintrude were chatting over the fence between their
fields. Daisy speaks first, 'I tell you, this mad cow disease is really
pretty scary. They say it is spreading fast; I heard it hit some cows down
on the Thomas's Farm.'
Ermintrude looks up and replies, 'I'm not worried in the slightest, it
doesn't affect us chickens.'
BSE Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) is commonly known as Mad Cow Disease.
It is believed, but not proven, that the disease may be transmitted to human
beings who eat infected meat. An alternative explanation is that BSE
is inhaled by coming into contact with the dust from products made from
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