Stranded donkey rescued from a mining hole in dramatic video
A pain in the… Nevada law enforcement officials rescue stranded DONKEY from a ghost town’s mining hole in dramatic video
- Video shared by a Nevada law enforcement agency shows the moments officials rescued a stranded donkey in a mining hole
- The incident happened on December 1 near Rhyolite, Nevada, a ghost town located about 10 miles from the California border
- A hiker had called in a report about the stranded animal, stuck in a 10 foot hole
- The animal was dehydrated and hungry, but otherwise unhurt. It took off running after being pulled from the hole
- The mining hole is now being closed off to avoid future incidents, officials from the Nye County Sheriff’s Office said
Dramatic video shows the moments deputies from one Nevada law enforcement agency had to perform a rescue mission on a donkey stuck in a mining hole.
The save happened on Thursday, December 1, around 1pm in a rural area outside of Rhyolite, Nevada, a ghost town just about 10 miles east of the California border.
According to officials with the Nye County Sheriff’s Office, a hiker had called in a report of a wild donkey trapped in a hole in an abandoned mine.
‘Captain Boruchowitz led a rescue team with a deputy and two animal control officers,’ an official from the agency said in a video press release.
Rescuers did not hesitate to jump into action and save a donkey stranded in an old mining tunnel in Nye County, Nevada
The group used a rope and pully system to pull up the donkey from the hole
Upon arrival, the deputies discovered the mine tunnel entrance was on top of a mountain range, and said the landscape made it ‘difficult to reach with any vehicle.’
The law enforcement officials were forced to ‘traverse the rough terrain’ to save the animal, located in a 10 foot hole inside the old mining tunnel entrance.
When rescuers finally made it down to where the donkey was stuck, they found the animal responsive, but hungry and dehydrated. The animal appeared to be in good condition, otherwise.
The group was able to use a rope and harness to properly secure the animal before attempting to pull it out.
Backup from the Beatty Fire Department was called in and the rescuers were able to utilize a pully-system to hoist the donkey up as he was secured by the harness.
In all, the save took ‘several hours,’ according to the agency, and was ultimately ‘successful.’
The entrance to the mining tunnel was located at the top of a mountain range, which required the group of officers to hike up to the top
The rough terrain made it impossible to use vehicles to get to the entrance of the tunnel where the donkey was said to be stranded
The donkey was eventually saved just before 6pm Thursday, an official from the Nye County Sheriff’s Office stated.
Once pulled from the hole, the donkey wasted no time and ‘took off running.’
The animal appeared to be unhurt from the incident.
At this time, law enforcement is working to close off the entrance to the mining tunnel to avoid similar incidents from happening in the future.
The donkey took off running and appeared to be unhurt after being pulled from the hole
‘We are working now, trying to get that entrance closed down so that wont happen again,’ said Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly.
The sheriff thanked her crew and the others who got involved for their ‘extraordinary effort’ when it came to saving the life of an innocent animal.
‘I want to thank everybody for their extraordinary effort, and climbing a mountain, and going into a mine-shaft and saving that poor little animal that was in a 10-foot hold,’ said Wehrly.
‘It really makes me feel good to see people work together and get a task completed. And it feels so good about sending a little animal on its way,’ she continued.
The entrance to the mining hole will be closed off to avoid future incidents, officials said
The group also received heavy praise on social media for their efforts. Video posted to their Facebook page has been watched more than 4,500 times.
Their post has also received hundreds of likes and dozens of comments from residents thanking them for their actions.
‘That is Awesome! Thank you to all who helped with the rescue! You are all angels,’ wrote one person.
‘Love this! Thanks for saving that poor burro,’ another wrote, using the Spanish word for donkey.
‘Outstanding!!! Bless all involved in the rescue. Shout out to the hiker!!’ said another Facebook user.
Commenters on the Nye County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page were quick to thank them for their actions when it came to saving the stranded animal
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