Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇʀs spend hours to sᴀᴠᴇ baby goat stuck in a 250-foot irrigation pipe
It took two days and a very elaborate ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ operation to sᴀᴠᴇ a baby goat after he got ᴛʀᴀᴘᴘᴇᴅ in an underground irrigation pipe in Arizona. The 8-month-old animal had been eventually taken out to safety thanks the tireless efforts of Arizona Humane Society‘s volunteers.
The saga began with a call to the nonprofit on Aug. 17. Daniella Calderon tells Phoenix NBC affiliate KPNX that she woke up to “gut ᴡʀᴇɴᴄʜɪɴɢ” cries coming from underground following a storm. She first thought the sounds were the cries of a baby, but quickly realized it was one of her neighbor’s young goats—an 8-month-old kid named Luigi Donatello—who had gotten stuck in a 250-foot-long irrigation pipe after being sᴡᴇᴘᴛ away during the big ʀᴀɪɴsᴛᴏʀᴍ . The AHS dispatched ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ animal medical technicians Andy Gallo and Sydney DeJoy to the scene, who discovered that not only was the goat ᴛʀᴀᴘᴘᴇᴅ underground, but no one had any idea as to its whereabouts in the lengthy pipe. The ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ had to be postponed for the next day, when the team came back with a snake cam. But even this sophisticated equipment proved to be helpless. Since they were running out of time, the ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ team decided to dig in between the pipe’s entries, hoping for the best. Fortunately, the ᴘᴏᴏʀ animals was only 4-5 feet away from where they have dug. So that make them able to reach the goat with their hands. The animal’s owner grabbed the sᴄᴀʀᴇᴅ animals by horns to stop him to move down the pipe again. Then after roughly six hours, the Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇʀs continued to dig the baby goat out until they were finally able to take him to safety. Gallo even extended his hand down into the tube, where he received a welcome kiss from the little guy.
“We were never going to quit, but you get to that point where you start telling yourself that this isn’t going to happen. “He would’ve ᴅʀᴏᴡɴ down there if we left him.”