Horse and Mule Were Saved After Getting Stuck In Shoulder-High Mud

When it comes to animals, there are instances when they can inadvertently entangled in some really dangerous circumstances. Only a week ago, Girlie the Mule and Tick the horse found themselves in a precarious circumstance that put their lives in jeopardy. On Sunday, August 16, at around five o’clock in the evening, the Marion Fire Department responded to a report at Merrow Farm located on Converse Road.

In a recent Facebook post, Marion Fire / EMS in Marion, Massachusetts, informed their followers that there is a couplethat  is extremely fortunate to be alive. After receiving a report about “two horses” being trapped in the mud, the team responded. In addition, they arrived at the site in a hurry, at which point they realized they needed to get to work, and immediately.

They immediately banded together and worked diligently for three hours to rescue the animals, which were having trouble breathing owing to the strain of being trapped in such thick mud. During that time, they all joined together. During the process of rescuing the animals, the Marion Firefighters, the Animal Control Officer (ACO) Susan Connor, and the owners of the animals all worked diligently to alleviate the tremendous amount of pressure that the mud was putting on the animals. The mess had been cleaned up by the time 8:00 o’clock that evening.

They post the following on facebook: “17:06 members were dispatched to a rescue call for two horses that became stuck in the mud off Converse Rd. This operation took time and expertise by all members. Total operation [time] was three hours. We are happy to say that both horses are recovering and well...”

A winch from the department’s brush breaker, pulleys, harnesses, and a sling were reportedly employed in the process of rescuing the animals, as stated by sources from the local news. I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who assisted in this search and rescue operation. Simply looking at the photographs, it did not appear to be a simple task. I am certain that neither Tick nor Girlie would be alive today if it weren’t for the courageous work of this group of both men and women. Both Tick and Girlie are making good progress in their recoveries. Since they were rescued, both members of the couple have received excellent treatment, and they look much better for it!