Dorset

Trapped calf rescued from cliff near Bridport

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Media captionThe calf had access to food, water and shelter and was unharmed by his ordeal

A calf has been rescued after becoming stranded half way down a cliff on the Dorset coast for five days.

The six-week old animal had fallen 20ft (6m) onto a ledge, where it was trapped 40ft (12m) above the beach at Seatown near Bridport.

The RSPCA winched the calf to safety on Monday and he was reunited with his mother.

A spokesman for the RSPCA said he had had access to food, water and shelter and was unharmed by his ordeal.

The rescuers had to surround the calf and grab him quickly to ensure he did not fall further.

Mother calling

He was then winched to the top of the cliff in a bag.

John Pollock, from the RSPCA, said: "It's all part of our job - if it's an animal we rescue it.

"If it's trapped, sick or injured, it's part of our job. We're trained in this discipline.

"The coastguards deal with people, we deal with animals."

Farmer Dean Dexton said the mother had been back and forth to the cliff edge over the past few days calling out for her calf.

He said: "She has been able to see the calf virtually through the whole of time that he's been stuck."

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