Constable Chris hardy (left) and leading Constable Wayne Jackson with the Braham Bull that found itself stuck in the fallen tree at Wollongbar following the storm.
Constable Chris hardy (left) and leading Constable Wayne Jackson with the Braham Bull that found itself stuck in the fallen tree at Wollongbar following the storm. Jacklyn Wagner/Northern Star

Bull rescue a cow of a job

CONSTABLE Chris Hardy had no idea when he woke up yesterday that the first part of his day would involve coming eye-to-eye with a massive Brahman bull in distress.

Police were alerted to the beast's plight by a passer-by about 8.30am. They believe he had walked into the fork of a fallen tree in a Wollongbar paddock during the wild electrical storm early Friday morning and became wedged in, unable to turn around.

When Senior Constable Wayne Jackson and Const Hardy, of Ballina, arrived at the scene, the big Brahman was clearly agitated, snorting and stamping his hooves.

Weighing up rescue possibilities, they decided using a winch could potentially injure the bull and demolish the cab of their police van.

Professionals from Alstonville Tree Loppers were passing by and offered their advice.

“It's a shame that bull hasn't been doing his Pilates and isn't more flexible, otherwise he could have probably got himself out,” Const Hardy said.

There was laughter amongst onlookers as they speculated how the paddock's female population might be viewing the situation.

“They're probably relieved they've got some time to themselves. It will be margaritas all round for the girls,” said one.

The police ascertained the beleaguered bull was on land leased by Wollongbar TAFE and TAFE's technical assistant Mark Goltz came to assess the scene.

Mr Goltz used a chainsaw to cut the animal out. He said the snared bull was part of the TAFE college's cattle insemination program.

“This bull is a pretty quiet one, I'm familiar with him. There are a lot of other bulls I'd be less happy to cut out,” Mr Goltz said.

Five minutes later, Mr Goltz climbed into the paddock and within two minutes the big Brahman walked away free.

Ambling away, he seemed keen to pretend nothing had ever happened.



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