Using ropes, animal-drawn sleds, and a lot of patience, San Bernardino County rescue teams successfully pulled 17 large farm animals from a thick, sticky mud trap on a farm in unincorporated Muscoy on Wednesday morning. the afternoon.
The sounds of agitated bellowing could be heard over the voices of more than a dozen rescuers as they struggled together to pull a black cow out of the mud in a rescue video. posted on Twitter by the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District.
After rescuing the first six animals, crews had to set up a skid steer to clear a path to access the additional 11 animals before they could be removed and rescued as well.
It took rescuers five hours to free all the animals, including cows, bulls and horses, which had become trapped in deep mud after several days of rain.
By Wednesday night, all of the trapped animals had been successfully evacuated from the rain-soaked property.
Once the animals were pulled out of the mud, the rescue team loaded them onto an animal transport trailer. They were then taken to the Devore Animal Shelter in San Bernardino to be evaluated by a veterinarian.
The rescue team was made up of members of San Bernardino County Animal Care, the San Bernardino County Fire Department’s large animal rescue team, the Urban Search and Rescue team and heavy equipment units, said the Battalion Chief Mike McClintock of the San Bernardino County Fire Department.