Derby

Calf rescued from mine shaft in Bonsall, near Matlock

A calf has been reunited with its mother after firefighters rescued it from a mine shaft in Derbyshire.

The calf is thought to have been down the 20ft deep mine shaft for several hours before it was winched to safety.

The specialist animal rescue team, based at Matlock Fire Station, was called to Study Drive in Bonsall at 14:44 BST on Monday.

The calf was reunited with its mother about two hours later, after being treated by a vet.

The hole was approximately 2ft (0.6m) wide and the rescue team had to dig around it to make access easier.

They used strops, similar to a harness, to secure the calf before lifting it out.

In September 2008 a calf was rescued from a 40ft (12m) deep mine shaft in the Peak District, but was so badly injured it had to be euthanised.

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