Walking into a barn, you might expect to see a horse, maybe munching on some hay.
But you probably wouldn’t expect to see a horse perched way up in the barn’s loft. How would it even get up there?
That’s what a team of animal rescuers wondered when they saw just that one day in Virginia.It seems that a horse named Phoenix, after breaking down a barrier that kept the horsessafely in the lower portion of the barn, made his way into the hayloft.
But getting up was a lot easier than getting back down.
Horses inspire a lot of people with their beauty and strength, but just like many other animals, they sometimes need help, and sometimes desperately, like the horses in danger of drowning in the recent flooding.
When they realized that Phoenix couldn’t get down on his own, a team of rescuers designed a genius strategy that brought him back down to safety. But it wasn’t without a little risk.
See how these heroes came together to make sure a horse stayed safe and gave themselves quite a story to tell!
[H/T: Wide Open Pets]
A horse owner in Botetourt County, Virginia, was surprised to see this when she came into the barn.
It seems at Phoenix, after a spat with one of the mares, knocked over the barrier that blocked off the hayloft. Then apparently curiosity got the best of him, and he ended up stranded in the loft.
And he looks a bit sheepish about it.
Phoenix’s owner tried to lead him down the steps, but it was easier said than done.
Desperate, she took to Facebook for any advice. And luckily, someone knew what to do, or at least to point her in the right direction.
They told her contact the Little Fork Volunteer Technical Large Animal Team, which specializes in getting big animals out of strange predicaments.
And they came with all kinds of equipment.
Meanwhile, Phoenix was checked out to make sure his time stuck in the hayloft hadn’t made him any worse for the wear.
Luckily, he was just fine…if a bit confused. His owner made sure to keep him calm and relaxed, and she brought plenty of food and water up into the loft for him.
In all, the rescue team was made up of three Botetourt Animal Control officersandfirefighters and EMS workers.
And they all immediately set to work creating a contraption that would save Phoenix.
The team decided to use a glide, a sort of stretcher that would lift Phoenix down the stairs.
But to get him down safely, he would have to be sedated.
But there was a catch: Phoenix has COPD, which also can affect humans, and means that the time he could safely be sedated.
So that meant they had to act fast once Phoenix was asleep.
They gently guided Phoenix onto the glide with the help of a harness.
And even more carefully, they lowered him down the stairs. They used a rope and pulley to manage his considerable weight, and made sure that his head was positioned to avoid bumping it.
They thought the drama was over when they got Phoenix outside, but things took a scary turn: Phoenix went into respiratory arrest.
The animal rescue experts leapt into action, and ended up performing an emergency tracheotomy.
And thankfully, it worked! Today, Phoenix is just fine and staying safely on the ground.
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Originally found athttp://littlethings.com/