Sometimes animals get themselves stuck in some pretty tricky places, and need the help of some kind humans to get out.Like one goat, who was stuck in a large irrigation pipe until a group of rescuers embarked on an elaborate mission to save him.
On August 17, the Arizona Humane Society received a call about an 8-month-old goat who had fallen into a 250-foot-long irrigation pipe. The Humane Society says that a neighbor heard the goat crying from underground.
But upon arriving at the scene, they realized that saving the goat was no easy task: because of the size of the pipe, they didn’t know where to look for him. They decided to return the next day, better equipped for the job.
The rescue team returned the next day with equipment including a snake cam to search for the goat, but still no sign of him.
Unable to pinpoint the goat’s location, they decided to start digging in and hoped for the best. “We could not lay eyes on the goat at all, we never saw him before we started chipping away,” Emergency Animal Medical Technician Gracie Watts said in their press release. “We just kind of went by faith as to where we thought he was.”
After digging into the pipe with shovels and a sledgehammer, they finally spotted the goat, and one of the rescuers was able to hold onto him while they continued to dig him out.
According to AHS, the rescue mission took six hours, and a lot of hard work. But eventually, they were finally able to get the goat free.Screenshot
Despite the ordeal, the goat seemed unharmed, and shortly after being rescued rejoined his fellow goats.
While it was a lot of work with no guarantee of success, it became immediately clear that their quick rescue effort saved the goat’s life. AHS says that soon after they got the goat out, it started torrential raining: if the goat was still in the pipe, he would’ve likely drowned.
Everyone was grateful that, despite all the setbacks and challenges, they maintained their persistence.
“We were never going to quit, but you get to that point where you start telling yourself that this isn’t going to happen,” rescuer Andy Gallo said. “He would’ve drown down there if we left him.”