The fire service was called out to rescue a horse that had fallen into an irrigation ditch and couldn’t get out.
This was the second call out to rescue an animal in danger; last week they had to rescue a dog that was drowning after it fell into an irrigation pond on a farm in Almayate.
In the case of the mare, it somehow fell into the irrigation channel on the Road of the Ribera within the municipality of Vélez-Málaga on Tuesday afternoon.
The fire station received a call not only from its owner but also from passersby who had witnessed the animal in this distressful situation. The horse was on its side and could not stand up, as it was almost wedged in.
The fire personnel were helped in their task by a nearby resident who had a JCB. They used this heavy machinery to fill part of the ditch in with earth in order to make a ramp for it to climb out.
One of the rescuers had managed to get her onto her feet so the owner attached a halter to coach the horse out. The mare appeared to be no worse for wear from its experience and all ended well.
(News: Velez-Malaga, Axarquia, Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalusia)