WE'VE all seen footage of pilot fish removing all manner of left over food from the mouths of sharks, and birds removing parasites from buffalos in Africa, but who'd have thought a similar understanding goes on in Craven?

Pauline Greenough was walking her dog in Bradley when she came across this heifer allowing a chicken to pick off flies from its head. The heifer seems well at ease, lying down and with one eye closed, presumably to avoid getting hurt, while the chicken is stretching up to reach the flies.

Pauline says: "We were coming down the fields into Bradley when I watched the chicken walk round the heifer pecking at her neck, head, sides and flank and couldn't believe my eyes. It was like watching an Ox Pecker removing parasites from a Buffalo in Africa! The heifer couldn't care less."

Who needs a fly swat indeed.