Rescuers from Navy ship HMNZS Te Mana have saved a cow stuck neck-deep in silt in Hawke’s Bay after spotting the trapped animal while travelling through the flood-hit region yesterday. The animal had become lodged in the thick silt and mud near the Tutaekuri River, where it was also spotted by concerned locals. Te Mana has been in the region since late last week assisting with flood recovery and a crew spotted the unfortunate beast and got to work to dig the cow free with eager locals helping extricate the animal. Apparently it was an exhausting effort with strops, shovels and sticks but, the cow was eventually freed – returned to a grateful farmer and was back eating in no time