Gloucester Fire Crews Receive PETA Award For Saving Calf Trapped In Pipe

For Immediate Release:
11 April 2011

Sandra Smiley 0207 357 9229, ext 229; [email protected]

Quedgeley, Gloucestershire – For demonstrating what can be achieved when people do whatever it takes to help an animal in distress, the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service has been sent PETA’s Hero to Animals Award.

According to news reports, the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service was called after a jogger witnessed a calf fall into a reservoir overflow chute in Woodchester country park on 28 March. When the rescue teams arrived, they saw that the calf had been swept into a 50-metre outlet pipe. The rescuers then crawled about halfway through the pipe, where the calf had apparently collapsed from exhaustion, and successfully pushed the animal out. The calf suffered some minor scrapes and cuts but didn’t appear to be seriously injured and was led to a nearby field.

“Thanks to the heroic efforts of the Gloucestershire fire crews, what could have ended in tragedy for this young calf had a happy ending”, says PETA Manager Mimi Bekhechi. “We hope their compassionate action will serve as inspiration to others to always stop and help an animal in need.”

The fire crews will receive a framed certificate and a letter of appreciation from PETA.