Bravo for the caring FRNSW firefighters and urban search and rescue groups from Katoomba and Lawson in Australia. They worked tirelessly with Police Rescue, the RSPCA and veterinarians to rescue a horse mired for days in mud and swamp. The exhausted horse had become irreparably trapped in the slush for a few days and had reached a point close to death.
The horse’s desperate owners had been searching for their mare, named Kiparra, for days. She was finally located in a remote area of the farm in the Blue Mountains where she had become stuck and totally worn out from her fight to extricate herself from what almost became her burial spot.
The rescue teams worked for hours just to stabilize Kiparra and to bring in equipment suitable for the rescue of a large horse. This included a rescue sling that would aid in lifting the horse.
Officer Kevin O’Reilly of Katoomba Station relates how the firefighters went about the rescue of Kiparra. They had to drag the mare up and onto the rescue glide over the smooth ramp they made of the creek bed. This had become necessary in order to get the heavy horse moving up and out of the creek.
Then a police rescue electric winch aided in dragging the glide further from the creek. At that point, the RSPCA and veterinarians were able to examine and evaluate the horse.
An updated report on 20-year-old Kiparra states she is doing well, is standing unaided and is eating.
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