Izotsha rallies to save cow

2010-10-19 00:00

MEMBERS of the Lower South Coast Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), a local cattle farmer and Izotsha residents struggled for more than 12 hours to rescue a cow that had fallen into a hole on Friday.

Despite their best efforts, the Nguni cow was eventually put down.

The team tried everything possible to free the cow, which was lying upside-down in the hole, but only succeeded in turning her the right side up.

SPCA Inspector Eric Taljaard, who found the cow, believes that she could have fallen in while grazing or looking for water.

“If we found her any later she would have died due to bloating,” he said.

Seeing the struggle, Grace Plant Hire offered the services of their TLB grader.

The grader removed sand from around the cow while the team tried to get her up, but she resisted.

After freeing her from the sand with the help of the grader, medication was administered on the instructions of local vet Hugo Voights.

Scott Kvalsvig, a local cattle farmer, administered the medication that would allow the cow to recover her strength, and provided antibiotics and treatment for its hooves.

The cow was then taken to Kvalsvig’s farm in Marburg and monitored hourly.

“Due to the vast injuries that she suffered from the fall and lying in the same position for all that time, the only humane thing was to put her down,” Taljaard said.

The SPCA thanked Grace Plant Hire, Scott Kvalsvig, the residents and Hugo Voights for their efforts to save the animal.

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