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25 February 2024

Firefighters rescue cows that took icy dip

A cow walks away from an icy pond after firefighters, at left, rescued it and another cow that had plunged through the ice on the pond, in Fountain. (AP)


Firefighters in Colorado have rescued two cows that plunged through the ice on a pond.

Fountain Fire Chief Darin Anstine says someone driving by the pond south of Colorado Springs spotted the cows' heads sticking out of the water about 30 feet from shore. Firefighters wearing protective suits used saws to cut through 6 to 8 inches of ice and clear a channel to the shore.

Anstine says the cows were able to walk out of the pond about an hour after they were spotted. It's unclear how long they were in the water, but they're doing fine.

Anstine says he's seen a lot of dogs rescued from icy ponds in his 28 years with the department, but never a cow.