SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) - Fire crews, veterinarians and a crane operator helped rescue a horse that had fallen into a well at a small Marin County ranch.
The Marin Independent Journal reported that the horse, Buddy, fell Monday into a brick-lined well after the well's cover gave way.
The San Rafael Fire Department responded, but the more than 1,000-pound animal was too heavy to be lifted out by human hands.
So officials called a crane company and veterinarians to help pull the animal out of the well, which was filled with 20-feet of water.
A couple of dozen people gathered to watch as the horse became tired and frustrated.
After a couple of hours cheers erupted when the crane lifted Buddy to safety.
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