California cops in right place, right time for calf rescue

· February 14, 2018

It all came down to luck and timing in this unusual calf rescue last week in California. The air crew of the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office STARR1 helicopter happened to be doing some rescue training in Round Valley near Los Vaqueros when the pilot spotted what looked like a cow with his head stuck in a tree.

STARR1 did several orbits and could see the calf struggling — its head was indeed stuck in an old tree trunk. Two air crew members “skid rode” to a hill near the calf and broke a little of the stump away to set the calf free. It’s unknown how long the animal was stuck there.

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