Firefighters used a pulley-system to free a 33-year-old horse that was trapped up to its neck in a septic tank in Portland, Oregon.
According to an Associated Press report (http://bit.ly/HlIyLj), the horse's owner called 911 Monday to report that the quarter horse had fallen into an old tank. The residents say they didn't know about the old septic tank buried in their half-acre backyard. Crews called for a rope-rescue team to remove the trapped animal.
Firefighters are often the first responders called to a variety of emergency scenes, some of which may include large animal rescue. For training information on this subject, consider Large Animal Rescue for the Fire Service, Large Animal Rescue : Is Your Department Ready?, and Large animals equal large problems for responders.