Firefighters in Wisconsin got an unusual emergency call when they were asked to help rescue two dairy cows trapped in a manure pit.
The Waunakee Fire Department arrived at a farm outside Waunakee around 7 pm on July 24 where two cows were stuck in an underground manure storage pit adjacent to a dairy barn.
First responders with the fire department wore breathing apparatus and had to enter the pit to attach halters and straps to the cows in an effort to hoist them out.
Both cows were successfully retrieved from the manure pit and hosed off.
The rescue was shared in a series of Facebook photos with the Waunakee Fire Department saying, “This makes cleaning up after a structure fire seems like child’s play.”
A follow up post was made by the Waunakee Fire Department letting people know the cows were safe and sound after a well-deserved bath. The cows were even “chewing their cud.”
A similar rescue effort happened in Pennsylvania two weeks earlier when a cow was stuck in a manure lagoon. That rescue was also shared on Facebook by the fire crew who helped with the rescue.
More photos of the rescue in Wisconsin can be found in the following links: