A precocious pony searching for a late-night snack had the journey of a lifetime earlier this week and needed to be rescued after climbing as much as a hayloft and getting trapped.

Doug Monaco, the chief of the Little Fork Volunteer Technical Giant Animal Rescue Crew, mentioned they obtained a name Monday morning {that a} 12-year-old Welsh Percheron cross pony named Holly needed to be extricated from the highest of a hayloft after she walked up the steps seeking the mother-load of meals.

Monaco instructed Fox Information on Friday it looks as if one of many draft horses at a property in Web page County had moved an impediment that saved the animals out of the barn someday Sunday night time. Seeing a chance for a late-night snack, Holly trotted into the constructing and adopted her nostril to the hay – which was on the second-floor loft.

Holly stuck after climbing up the steps looking for a late-night snack.

Holly caught after climbing up the steps searching for a late-night snack.
(Little Fork Volunteer Technical Giant Animal Rescue)

“Due to their poor depth notion, horses don’t do effectively going again down steps,” Monaco mentioned.

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When Monaco and crew arrived on the barn, Holly was “calm, cool and picked up.”

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After assessing the scenario, Monaco and his workforce – with the assistance of the Luray Volunteer Hearth Division, the Web page County Sheriff’s Workplace and an area veterinarian – decided the easiest way to convey Holly down was to make use of a telehandler machine from a close-by property.

“We considered utilizing our rig to do a pulley system to a rescue glide to convey her down the steps, however the stairways weren’t vast sufficient and there was a 90-degree flip on the backside,” he mentioned.

Holly was lowered down from hayloft in dramatic fashion. 

Holly was lowered down from hayloft in dramatic trend. 
(Little Fork Volunteer Technical Giant Animal Rescue)

With the assistance of the veterinarian, they have been in a position to sedate Holly earlier than utilizing a sling, straps and ropes to convey her down.

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“Holly appeared apprehensive when she was moved off the porch and located herself [20 feet] off the bottom, however she remained calm and was slowly lowered to the bottom,” the workforce wrote in a Fb publish documenting the dramatic rescue.

Monaco mentioned this was the second time of their seven years rescuing giant animals they’ve needed to rescue a pony from a hayloft. In 2016, they obtained an identical name from Botetourt County, Virginia.

“It was a real oddity,” he mentioned.


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