A horse was trapped in a brick well and in danger of drowning until rescuers saved the frightened animal with the help of a crane, reports KPIX-5.
The incident occurred Monday at a ranch in San Rafael, Calif., near San Francisco. Nine-year-old Buddy fell into the 20-foot-deep well after a wooden board collapsed under his weight.
A worker on the ranch heard Buddy's panicked cries, and went to get help.
Lt. Douglas Pittman of the Marin County Sheriff’s Department told KPIX-5, "We thought we might lose this horse. Specifically when we first arrived and the horse was having difficulty keeping his head above water."
According to KPIX-5, rescuers put Buddy's head in a harness to help keep it above water. They tried adding more water to the well in the hopes that Buddy would climb out.
Eventually, a crane was brought in and hoisted Buddy back onto dry land. KPIX-5 reports that the horse had a few cuts and was being treated with an IV. For the most part, though, Buddy was just fine.
- Nature & Environment