Daniel Snel, Joe Barbeler, Constable Marc Rogers and Senior Constable Josh Churchward work together to free a cow stuck in a ditch alongside the Bruce Highway yesterday.
Daniel Snel, Joe Barbeler, Constable Marc Rogers and Senior Constable Josh Churchward work together to free a cow stuck in a ditch alongside the Bruce Highway yesterday.

Muddy moo-moo pulled to safety

MARYBOROUGH police found themselves in a moo-ving situation on the side of the busy Bruce Highway yesterday.

At 11am, half a dozen cows managed to escape from their paddock about 3km north of Aldershot.

Brisbane couple Megan and Daniel Snel raised the alarm when they noticed the herd grazing dangerously close to the side of the road.

“When we pulled over all of them ran back in but this one got stuck in the ditch,” Ms Snel said.

By the time police arrived the exhausted cow was up to its stomach in mud.

Almost an hour of pushing, pulling and manoeuvring later – with the help of Maryborough man Joe Barbeler and a 4WD – the beast was pulled free.

Senior Constable Josh Churchward said it was fortunate none of the cows ran out on to the highway.

“Livestock beside the highways is a pretty common occurrence ... but obviously the potential for a serious or fatal crash it quite large in this situation,” he said.

The owners of the cattle were making their way from Monto yesterday evening to better secure the fence.



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