21 February, 2023
Cow saved by heroes
AN unlikely hero has saved a cow who found itself in a “bit of a pickle”, swimming out to the middle of Lake Tinaroo.
Whilst Yungaburra local Paul Harris was showing his friends around the lake and the Barron River in his boat, they came across the cow who was struggling to swim back to shore.
The sight was one they never thought to see but Paul and his family on board jumped straight into action to save the struggling animal.
“We were near the ski jumps and we saw it swimming in the middle of the water and a few boats had already almost hit it,” Paul said.
“We could see it was tired and unwell and it had a few bite marks, and we didn’t know really what to do so we lassoed it and bought it onto the back deck of our boat.”
It is believed the cow was attacked by dogs on a farm backing onto the dam and the cow jumped into the water to escape and couldn’t find its way back to shore.
Pulling the cow onto the back of his boat, his family and friends helped it back onto the dry land, where a local farmer took it back to it’s home.
The whole experience was exhilarating for Paul, but the best part, besides saving the animal’s life, was his son telling him “you’re a hero papa!”.
“In the last 20 years I have never seen something like this before,” he said.
“We felt sorry for the poor cow and thought this would be a good adventure for us and our mates and it is a really good feeling to help someone or something out.”