Donkey trapped chest-deep in sewage water under building
We got a call that a donkey was trapped in a septic tank under a house. When we arrived we found a terrified donkey inside the tank standing chest-deep in filthy, cold sewage water. We have no idea how the donkey could have fallen through such an incredibly small hole, but we can only guess that he may have been fighting with another donkey and in the commotion slipped and fell in the hole.
We don’t know how long he had been trapped in the tank but we cannot fathom the fear and despair he must have felt being unable to cry for help and thinking that he was never going to get out.
The hole being far too small to pull him up safely, we had several hours of work to do using a jack-hammer to widen the hole. Because an actual jack-hammer operator was not available on short notice, our rescue team had to operate the hammer ourselves despite never having used the machine before. It was difficult to operate, but knowing who was patiently waiting underneath, unable to even lie down because of the depth of the water, made the work seem easy.
Once the hole was widened, our rescuers Deendayal and Ganpat descended into the sewage and wrapped blankets around the donkey and then two ropes around his mid section. With a ONE, TWO, THREE, we lifted him up successfully and carried him into the ambulance and back to Animal Aid.
He was so happy to be free! He rolled, ate, ran, played and enjoyed cuddles with his rescuers.
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