A cow that made a daring escape from a moving cattle truck just miles from a slaughterhouse has given birth to a healthy calf.
The bovine heroine, named Brianna, plunged 8ft onto a busy road before she was rescued by members of a local animal sanctuary.
Brianna welcomed female calf Winter two days after arriving at the rescue centre.
‘She kicked the door out’
Mike Stura, 52, founder of Skylands Animal Santuary in New Jersey in the USA, said: “I got a call from a friend of mine who’s a police officer.
“He said there was a cow running down a big highway out here so I hopped into action.
“I got the rescue truck and headed out. When I got there the police had corralled her off the highway and on to a small road where they got a strap round her neck.”
“She fell out of the transport truck from at least 8ft off the ground while the truck was moving,” he continued.
“A witness said she kicked the door out and jumped out on the the highway.
“At first, the truck driver didn’t even realise.”
‘Happy and healthy’
Mr Stura, who ran the sanctuary for four years, said: “I had a vet come and he looked her over and that’s when I found out she was pregnant.
“The vet said, ‘There’s a very big calf in there and she’s going to have it in the next week or so’.”
He added: “They’re both happy and healthy, although Brianna suffered some abrasions during her escape.”
The animal-lover said he wasn’t sure if Brianna’s bid for freedom was down to her being pregnant.
But he added: “Any way you look at it, all these animals want to live.
“Without question, I could tell you she was scared to death of being in that truck. It’s not good; they just want out.
“This story resonated with people but many don’t realise how many millions go unseen with this sort of stuff going on every single day.”
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