Terrified Horse Stuck Chest-Deep In The Mud For Hours Finally Walks Again

5/2/2017

Animals have incredible instincts and determination, and when they are in trouble they tend to astound us with their perseverance. This was the case when a horse got stuck in the mud in near Hamburg.

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Newshunter.DE, a German news site that shows "spectacular and beautiful things",posted a video on YouTube in 2014 showing the miraculous rescue of this horse, named Joked, who spent more than an hour nearly entirely submerged in thick mud.

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His rider and a veterinarian were around the swamp, keeping him calm. The rider kept petting his head, making little noises and saying sweet words so that he felt at ease.

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Joker tried in vain a few times to get himself unstuck using his neck and his whole body's momentum.

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The animal was so exhausted that he was panting. His eyes were red and heavy and his body flopped heavily on the ground.

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Eventually the firefighters tied a rope around his body and started gently pulling him out.

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Joker's rider kept talking to him and encouraging throughout the affair.

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After more than an hour of struggling, the horse's body began to slide along the mud. The firefighters collectively pulled hard and with one last tug, Joker was free!

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He seemed so relieved to be using his legs again that he gave one or two jumps, just to be sure. The team then took Joker to a veterinary clinic and gave him an infusion, making him stronger.

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Finally Joker was able to walk again, thanks to the selfless effort and perseverance of the rider, the veterinatian and the firefighters.

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Watch the full video of the incredible rescue operation below:[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fAosPy5QgE[/embed]