Thursday, November 13, 2014

NV Wild Horse Rescued from Sticky Situation

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Source: Reno’s News 4

SPARKS, Nev. ( & KRNV) — One wild horse found herself in a sticky – and smelly – situation on Tuesday.
According to Lyon County officials, wild horse advocates and the Lyon County Technical Large Animal Response Team responded Tuesday afternoon to aVirginia Range wild mare that found her way into the Truckee Meadows Waste Water Treatment Plant on Cleanwater Drive in Sparks.
The mare was found by facility personnel stranded in a waste water settling pond, which contains waste solids. She was apparently in the water for about four hours.
Two of the volunteers trained in both HazMat and large animal rescue were ready to don HazMat suits and go in the gooey material to secure the animal for extrication, when she gave a mighty try and managed to get her front hooves on solid ground. The volunteers were relieved to see the mare pull herself onto solid ground and avoided taking a murky swim.
The volunteers built a decontamination corral and gave the smelly horse a thorough decontamination wash down under the supervision of a facility manger before she was let loose to rejoin her companions.
Ironically, the horse entered the facility during a project in which the fencing was being upgraded to prevent such things as curious horses.

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