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Firefighters rescue camel from hole

Published 16/09/2010 | 08:23

Moses the camel was unhurt by his ordeal (AP)
Moses the camel was unhurt by his ordeal (AP)
Firefighters work to rescue a camel who got stuck in a sinkhole (AP)

It was an unusual call for Oregon firefighters when a 1,500lb camel, named Moses, needed to be rescued.

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The call came in Clackamas County after the Oregon City owners of the camel called firefighters to say that Moses had fallen into a sinkhole six to eight feet deep and was possibly injured.

The owners - who have several camels and run a children's ministry - had tried to get the camel out themselves but failed.

Firefighters had to carefully shovel mud for several hours to free the animal.

The rescuers were concerned Moses would break his legs if he had tried to free himself while still partially buried.

But Moses was patient, and eventually firefighters got him out. The animal lay on his side for an hour resting after the rescue and a vet said the animal looked unhurt.

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