Sometimes animals get stuck in quite tricky places and need the help of friendly people to get out.
Like a goat trapped in a large irrigation pipe until a group of rescuers embarked on an elaborate mission to rescue it.
On August 17, the Arizona Humane Society received a call about an eight-month-old goat that had fallen into a 250-foot irrigation pipe. The Humane Society says a neighbor heard the cry of the underground goat.
Once at the scene, however, they found that rescuing the goat was not an easy task: due to the size of the pipe, they did not know where to look for it. They decided to return the next day, better equipped for work.
The rescue team returned the next day with a kit that included a snake camera to search for the goat, but there was still no sign of him.
Unable to pinpoint the goat’s location, they decided to start digging, hoping for the best. “We couldn’t see the goat at all, we never saw it before we started cutting,” said emergency veterinary doctor Gracie Watts in her press release. “We just went on believing where we thought it was.”
After digging through the pipe with shovels and a mallet, they finally saw the goat and one of the rescuers was able to hold it while they continued digging.
According to AHS, the rescue mission took six hours and a lot of work. But they were finally able to finally free the goat.
Despite the ordeal, the goat appeared to be unharmed and soon after being rescued it reunited with his fellow goats.
Check out the rescue video below:
Although it was a lot of work with no guarantee of success, it was immediately clear that his swift rescue operation saved the goat’s life. AHS says that shortly after the goat was removed, a torrential rain started – if the goat was still in the pipe, it probably would have drowned.
Everyone was grateful for maintaining their perseverance despite all the setbacks and challenges.
“We never wanted to give up, but you get to the point where you tell yourself this is not going to happen,” said rescuer Andy Gallo. “He would have drowned down there if we had left him.”
Many thanks to this rescue team who saved this goat and his life! Glad he’s safe now!