An RSPCA inspector had a pleasant surprise when he was called to an emergency involving a collapsed cow.
On finding the Highland cow in Buckinghamshire, he discovered she had given birth to a calf, only one hour earlier.
Inspector Jamie Godfrey said it took him a while to find the cow at the location off Narcot Lane in Chalfont St Giles, on Wednesday (March 16).
He said: "I was running through the woods with the caller on the phone directing me to the right spot.
"When I finally found the cow I was delighted to see the mother licking her newborn calf clean. He must have been only an hour or so old.
"He was standing up and appeared perfectly healthy so I imagine the caller spotted the pair on the ground just after birth.
"I kept my distance as new mothers can be very protective of their calves, and I didn’t want to risk getting too close to those huge foot-long horns!
"Mum also seemed to be happy and healthy after the birth.
"It was a wonderful surprise and I was glad there were no animals in distress. It’s jobs like this one that remind me of the wonders of life and why I do this job.”