All’s well that ends well.
That was the story in the Upper Hunter last night after rescuers spent six hours in the cold to free a trapped pony near Denman, 28km from Muswellbrook.
At about 6.30pm on Monday 15 December, crews from Mangoola NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) and Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Station 283 Denman were tasked to an “animal assist” incident.
Upon their arrival, the respective team members found the shaken four-legged charger had broken through a tank lid and fallen two metres into an underground concrete water tank.
That’s when the real fun began.
“After careful collaboration, a plan was devised and put into motion,” a Mangoola NSW RFS spokesperson stated.
“That eventually saw the safe removal of the pony, who was reunited with her friends, no worse for wear.
“Thanks to everyone who helped out, from the local brigades, FRNSW Denman, Hunter NSW SES and Muswellbrook Shire Council, which supplied the heavy machinery.
“As well, our gratitude goes to those in the FRNSW rehabilitation van, who looked after us all with some hot drinks and snacks.”
The Mangoola NSW RFS outfit has a habit of making the news for quirky tales.
Earlier this year, volunteer Griffin Hughes became an overnight viral sensation.
A video of the then 20-year-old boot-scooting to The Git Up by US singer Blanco Brown, while taking a break during back-burning operations in the Widden Valley over summer, earned more than a million views, attracted in excess of 15,000 reactions and was shared at least 20,000 times.
He ended up being a media darling, too, conducting many print, radio and television interviews as a result of the post.