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article imageFirefighters rescue camel from sinkhole

By Lynn Curwin     Sep 15, 2010 in World
Oregon City - Firefighters came to the rescue when Moses, a 1,500-pound (107 stone) camel, needed to be rescued from a sinkhole in Oregon.
The camel’s owners called 911 for help on the night of September 14, after trying unsuccessfully to get the animal out of the sinkhole themselves.
Members of the Clackamas Fire District #1 and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office found the camel stuck up to his shoulders in a muddy hole about six feet deep.
“After nearly an hour of trying to assist the animal out they called for more resources,” stated a press release from the fire district. “Another fire crew was called out to assist as the animal was exhausted and no longer able to move. Due to the distance from the road and terrain of the area, fire crews were not able to bring any heavy equipment to the scene to help with the heavy lifting or digging. Crews had to dig out with shovels around the animal and place heavy duty straps under it to try and lift it, its long legs were buried deep in the mud at the bottom of the hole. The concern of everyone was that the firefighters would get the animal part way out and it would struggle and possibly break one or both of its back legs. They had to get it all the way out the first time”
After several more hours of shovelling mud away from the Moses, they were able to pull the camel free.
Moses spent an hour on his side resting after the rescue before returning to his barn where he joined the other camels. A veterinarian examined him and found no injuries.
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