A cow had to be freed by the RSPCA after getting her head stuck in a fly-tipped washing machine drum. The lucky cow escaped injury after her ordeal - but the animal charity warned today that fly tipping can cause animals harm.
The RSPCA was called to rescue the heifer from a field at Higher Fraddon, St Columb, Cornwall.
'It is one of the more unusual things we had had to rescue an animal from,' said RSPCA spokeswoman Jo Barr.
'Young cows are quite curious, and she probably thought there was some food inside the drum,' she added.
A member of the public spotted the frustrated animal trying to free herself from the metal drum. RSPCA inspector David Hobbs rescued the heifer on 19 August, and she has since returned to her herd unharmed.