A 2-year-old hereford cow was rescued Thursday after giving birth and falling over a 350-foot plus cliff near Masontown.
According to the Preston County Animal Shelter, a farm owner contacted 911 about a trapped cow with a pinched nerve after giving birth.
The cow was laying in a thick laurel path surrounded by rocks, but appeared alert with no life threatening injuries.
The Preston County Animal Shelter responded, as well as the Masontown Volunteer Fire Department, Kingwood Volunteer Fire Department,Newburg Volunteer Fire Department, Cheat Lake VFD, KAMP Ambulance, Snyder's Towing, and nearby neighbors.
A vet suggested sedating the cow as crews cleared a path with chainsaws.
"The road below the cow, Beaver Hole Road, ended up being inaccessible to anything other than a gator. A plan was formed to cut a path with chainsaws, and use a Chevy Truck hood as a sled then pull the cow to the top using a rope and pulley system. Approximately 20 firefighters cut out a path, secured ropes and put the plan into action. The cow was then rolled onto the truck hood, and secured with straps," Preston County Animal Shelter.
The rescue took approximately 7 hours as the cow was pulled up to the top.
"Shouts of joy erupted as the cow made it safely to the field alive, with no further injuries," Preston County Animal Shelter.