Horse stuck in drain rescue

Horse stuck in drain rescue

A pony ended up in a hole lot of trouble when she fell down a giant drain after escaping from her stable.

Startled passers-by dialled 999 when they saw the trapped horse's head sticking out of the hole in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.

Fire service spokesman Martin Kasal explained: "The problem was that the horse was so firmly wedged into the drain, that it was very difficult to get any kind of harness around her."

"So we had to dig very gently to widen the hole and then fix up a harness we made ourselves attached to a builder's digger," he added.

The mud-covered mare was then checked over by vets before being taken back to her nearby stables.

"She was a bit mucky and bruised but otherwise OK," said her owner.