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Firefighters rescue trapped horse from muddy bog

Libby makes a speedy recovery after she was rescued from the mud.
Libby makes a speedy recovery after she was rescued from the mud. Photo Contributed

YOU have heard of firefighters rescuing cats from trees, but what about horses in ponds? All in a day's work according to Warwick's animal-loving fire heroes.

It took a crew of four local firies, a vet, a winch and three hours to remove trapped horse named Libby from the bog last week.

"It was rewarding to put our training into action straight away," station officer Dennis Burton said, the crew completing winching training the weekend prior.

"We do these training days to get our skill up so it's good to know they can be used."

Described as an intelligent horse, Libby became stuck when she was playing with another horse and became trapped in the pond.

"She is usually at the gate to greet me when I come and I check her twice every day," owner Deborah Robbs said.

However on the fateful afternoon the 20-year-old horse was nowhere to be found.

"I ran into the paddock to look for her, when she whinnied back at me it was like, 'here I am mum help me'," Ms Robbs said.

Vet sedates ‘Libby’ to calm her for safe rescue.
Vet sedates ‘Libby’ to calm her for safe rescue.

Frantically Deborah ran into the bog where her horse was trapped to hold Libby's head up while her husband called the fire-fighters.

"We had just been to a ceremony but I jumped in my nice clothes to help her," she said.

The team sedated the horse with the help of local vet and then winched her to safety after rolling her over on her back.

"Thank you to the firies and the vet. They deserve it they did a great job, Libby is doing well," she said.

This wasn't the first time the Warwick Fire Brigade has been out to rescue animals in trouble.

"You get runs of jobs, we also had a kitten with his head stuck in the wheel of a quad bike," Mr Burton said (pictured right).

The crew mentioned jobs to rescue sheep, cattle, birds and yes even a cat in a tree.

"But really, how many cat skeletons do you see in trees?" the station officer laughed.

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