Marion County firefighters rescued a calf Monday after it fell into a 25-foot hole and was partially submerged in water.
Rescue crews responded to the emergency call in the vicinity of the Leeward Air Ranch after a 911 caller who was mowing a field discovered the trapped one-month-old calf. The first of six Marion County Fire Rescue units arrived on scene at 6:16 p.m. to find the calf partially submerged in water. A battalion chief established command and requested the fire department’s Special Operations Technical Rescue Team to respond.
A rescuer was lowered into the hole to secure the calf with webbing. Firefighters then hoisted the calf, extricating the animal from the hole. The calf was reunited with its mother and is expected to survive the ordeal.
Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Marion County Animal Control officers also responded to care for the animal after the successful extrication.