I heard, on the radio an RSPCA Inspector being interviewed by the BBC journalist Peter Allen on his programme ‘Drive’ on Radio 5 live. They discussed the types of call out experienced by RSPCA inspectors. Several of these proved to be amusing:
An inspector was summoned to a home where a parakeet had escaped and alighted on the roof of the house.
The inspector was asked if he needed a ladder so that he could climb up to rescue the stranded bird. Alan, the inspector, retorted that he would simply whistle to the bird and hold out his finger. The parakeet promptly flew down and landed on his finger and was recaptured. The owner was absolutely amazed at this brilliance and knowledge of parakeets.
Alan later confided to friends that it was a pure fluke and he hadn’t known that it would work and anyway he was afraid of heights.
Here is the situation, Jenny the farmer’s wife looks out of her window. What does she see but a bull in a field caught his head in between the bars of a feeder.
Jenny calls the fire brigade. Their siren only makes the bull more agitated. When they appraise the situation they realise they are not equipped to deal with cattle, so they phone for the RSPCA inspector to help free the animal.
Six hefty firemen and the inspector push and pull the beast and eventually they wrestle its head from between the bars.
The bull was, by now, very angry and turned snorting at the men and began to attack them. Fearing for their life, they hide in the animal feeder.
Whereupon the farmer’s wife burst into tears of joy followed by tears of laughter.
Jenny was now able to rescue the rescuers. All she did was get the bull’s old milk bottle, half fill it with milk, put on the teat, and use it to lead the bull from the animal feeder into the farmyard and close the gate.
Worse – Cow Stuck in a Washing Machine
The RSPCA was called to rescue the heifer called ‘Spinner’ from a field at Higher Fraddon, St Columb, Cornwall, England. The cow had to be freed 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. ‘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 ‘Spinner’ trying to free herself from the metal drum. RSPCA inspector David Hobbs rescued the heifer, and she has since returned to her herd unharmed.
Lesson: Keep your nose out of things that do not concern you.