A COW fell into a septic tank on a property east of Gympie yesterday, requiring a massive rescue effort by firefighters, RSPCA staff, crane operators and the owners.
The cow was discovered lodged in the tank with sewerage up to its nose around 8am.
It had fallen through the lid, which appeared to have given way with her weight. She was trapped with no room to move, her body taking up almost every inch of the tank's width.
It was not known how long the cow had been trapped up to her neck in waste.
A couple of hours, and a great deal of nous, were required to get her out, but rescuers were unsure if she would survive the ordeal.
Firstly, they tried draining the sewerage, but the tank was deeper than first thought and the cow descended deeper inside.
Firefighters pumped out the waste, but found it lowered the cow further.
So they refilled the tank with water for buoyancy and managed to get a sling under the cow to winch her out.
Firefighters said they didn't get too dirty and had to leave the job to the crane hire company shortly after strapping in the cow, due to another callout.
The owners, their neighbours, and RSPCA officers finished up the job once the cow was removed and last report was she was lying down with exhaustion after a big wash down.
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