Friday 23 August 2019

Fire crew rescue miniature horse from concrete drain

Handout photo taken with permission from the Twitter feed of @S0_41 of Chiquita the miniature horse, who was found stuck in a well. Photo: Steve Buchanan-Wells/PA Wire
Handout photo taken with permission from the Twitter feed of @S0_41 of Chiquita the miniature horse, who was found stuck in a well. Photo: Steve Buchanan-Wells/PA Wire
Handout photo taken with permission from the Twitter feed of @S0_41 of Chiquita the miniature horse, who was found stuck in a well. Photo: Steve Buchanan-Wells/PA Wire
Handout photo taken with permission from the Twitter feed of @S0_41 of Chiquita the miniature horse, who was found stuck in a well. Photo: Steve Buchanan-Wells/PA Wire
Handout photo taken with permission from the Twitter feed of @S0_41 of Chiquita the miniature horse, who was found stuck in a well.Photo: Steve Buchanan-Wells/PA Wire

Ben Mitchell

Fire crews have rescued a miniature horse in England after it was found trapped in a 1.5-metre deep drain.

Specialist animal rescue firefighters from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) were scrambled when the horse, called Chiquita, was discovered in the drain off Purbrook Heath Road, Waterlooville, on Thursday.

The fire crews used a special harness to help extricate the stricken horse.

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Handout photo taken with permission from the Twitter feed of @S0_41 of Chiquita the miniature horse, who was found stuck in a well.Photo: Steve Buchanan-Wells/PA Wire

An HFRS spokesman said: "Crews from Cosham, Winchester, Brockenhurst, Gosport and the Eastleigh USAR (urban search and rescue) team were called to Purbrook Heath Road in Waterlooville when a miniature horse was found trapped in a 1.5m concrete drain.

"The horse measured 9.2 hands and weighed approximately 250kg.

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Handout photo taken with permission from the Twitter feed of @S0_41 of Chiquita the miniature horse, who was found stuck in a well. Photo: Steve Buchanan-Wells/PA Wire

"Equine vets and animal rescue experts also came to the scene to assist.

"Chiquita was successfully lifted from the drain using an animal rescue harness and USAR manitou. She was unharmed during the rescue and handed over into the care of the equine vets."

Fire officer Steve Buchanan-Lee posted on Twitter: "Great job from all involved. Little 'Chiquita' is out safe and well and being checked by the vets."

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Handout photo taken with permission from the Twitter feed of @S0_41 of Chiquita the miniature horse, who was found stuck in a well. Photo: Steve Buchanan-Wells/PA Wire

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