A prize breeding cow which toppled into a silo pit in Devon needed a quadruple dose of sedatives before it was calm enough to be rescued.
The animal, which fell into the deep hole after becoming separated from the herd, lost a calf during the operation at a farm near Bigbury.
The farmer and workers had tried to rescue the cow, but realised it was too dangerous and called for help.
Fire crews from Modbury and the specialist animal rescue team from Camels Head in Plymouth attended the scene and lifted the stricken creature through a two-metre opening using straps
The officer in charge decided to call a vet who sedated the cow once strops were in place.
However, the first dose had no real effect so the vet continued to administer medication until four times the normal amount was injected.
Apart from looking very dazed from the sedatives the cow looked none the worse for wear from its fall, a fire service spokesman said.
She added: “One sad note however, the cow went into premature labour from the shock of falling into the silo-pit, and her calf was still born.”