Written by Staff Writer
Reuters photographers shot a series of dramatic images showing how Canadian farmers saved their cows from the floods in western Canada.
Bridget Pulsion, who is in charge of operations for the Triple T Ranch near White Rock, British Columbia, was working with a total of 17 head of cows on Friday, July 26, when heavy rains started pounding her area.
“The next thing I knew, I was on a water ride on a trailer with a tractor trying to manoeuvre the cows into the trailer because there was mud everywhere,” Pulsion told Reuters in an interview on Friday.
“It was at this point that the animals realized the situation and that they didn’t have a choice and they started to panic.”
The cows had also dug their bodies into the ground in order to survive, holding their tongues and hands under their noses to sink into the mud.
“I was faced with trying to figure out how to move these animals to a safe location,” Pulsion added.
The herd ended up on a private property owned by entrepreneur Bill Thorne, with the bodies saved when the animals were relocated from deep water.
The Canadian Press reports that Thorne says he has survived a disaster of his own.
One of the cows also survived and is recovering at a veterinary clinic in the nearby town of Gibsons.