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Stranded Calf Blown to Safety by Helicopter

A baby cow stranded on a frozen lake and stuck in the ice was blown to safety by a TV news helicopter pilot, who used the very powerful air flow created by his helicopter to move it. Without some human intervention, it was possible the calf could have broken through the ice and drowned as such a young animal undoubtedly would not have known how to save itself. Also, it isn’t clear how the calf could have been saved otherwise.

In the video below, you can hear a person on the lake’s shore encouraging the pilot, so it may have been that the ice wasn’t strong enough to support an adult capable of capturing the animal and leading it to land.

The calf was stranded on the ice near Watonga, Oklahoma. Paul Dunn is the pilot who helped the animal after his TV news station received a call from a local rancher about the situation. Dunn had used the helicopter air stream to blow a deer stranded on ice to safety several years ago.

Image Credit: Jim Champion

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5:41AM PST on Dec 16, 2012

Good. Thanks.

6:38AM PST on Feb 17, 2012

good news

6:32AM PST on Feb 17, 2012

All we need now is to guarantee this calf will live instead of being taken for meat!

4:43PM PST on Feb 16, 2012

Amazing feat!

4:27AM PST on Dec 27, 2011

Thanks for the article.

4:16PM PDT on Nov 2, 2011

smart rescue, poor little fella was so exhausted.

12:59PM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

This story contains two things that I like, nice people and a happy ending. I think the calf would agree with me also.

8:32PM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

Aww that's so nice, and calf is so adorable, but i really want to know where they took him, i really hope he went to some sort of sanctuary.

11:51AM PST on Feb 16, 2011

What a cutie! With those ears he might could have flown! haha. Glad he's safe. Thank goodness for SOME humans! ;0)

3:19PM PST on Jan 31, 2011

I just love to watch baby animals being blown across the ice to safety. Run doggie run !

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