Earlier this week, an 8-year-old horse in New Zealand stumbled into a drainage ditch, becoming completely trapped and totally terrified.
He remained in the ditch overnight, waiting for someone to hopefully come and free him from his muddy confines.
By daybreak, his owners discovered him, and called a team of rescuers from Massey University Veterinary Emergency Response Team to help save this poor, struggling soul.
Rescue operations like these can be quite dangerous, as they generally trigger trapped animals‘ fight or flight reflexes.
As Hayley Squance, Programme Director of the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology and Associate Dean of Veterinary Programmes at Massey University, told LittleThings, “If they feel there is any inch of freedom they will try to escape.
Therefore, working in close confines with a 500kg animal who wants to escape poses great risk.”
Thankfully, her team was able to establish trust with this trapped horse, and give him the happy ending he deserved.
Scroll through below to see this amazing horse rescue in action!