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Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) firefighters saved the day! Buddy Bear the horse was stuck, but not anymore. He’s been cleaned off and now he’s happier than ever.
Florida’s MCFR firefighters got a call around 6:30 in the evening about a horse that had fallen into a smelly septic tank. At the time, they didn’t know how deep the septic tank was but they gathered up the men from Belleview Station #18 and quickly got to the scene at 6:36pm.
The 40-year old horse was three-fourths submerged in old poo. The Commander requested that MCFR Special Operations HAZMAT Heavy Rescue 1 and Technical Rescue Team Heavy Rescue 2 help with getting the horse out.
“MCFR units were dispatched to a Citizen Assist/Animal Rescue in the 12000 Block of Southeast 47th Avenue, Belleview,” Marion County Fire Rescue wrote on Facebook.
They used firehoses to wrap around the horse to stabilize him and then were able to position Buddy Bear so that they could easily extract him from the hole.
“Utilizing Buddy Bear’s remaining strength and the strength of the firefighters on scene, he was quickly removed from the septic tank. MCFR is happy to report that Buddy Bear was doing well after the rescue,” MCFR stated.
Buddy Bear’s veterinarian was called and arrived on the scene after he was rescued. They washed him off and made sure he had what he needed to make a successful recovery.