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Kathryn Quinn

Vets are investigating how 48 cows drowned in their own manure after a farmer left them to die in their barn when a slurry pump failed.

Horrified rescuers found bodies - many of them newborn calves - submerged in nearly three feet of liquid dung on the farm in Dalarna, Sweden, with more bodies piled up behind the barn.

Vet Simone Hausler - who helped in the rescue - said: "I’m really not wimpy, but I have never seen anything like it. We pulled out many dead newborn animals and we had cows screaming for their calves."

The 48-year-old farmer - now facing animal cruelty charges - told officials a pump which shifts the cows' slurry from the barn had broken allowing it to flood back in.

But instead of fixing it the farmer had allowed the problem to get worse.

"This had probably been going on for several weeks," confirmed a police service spokesman.

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