UF Veterinary team rescues horse from sink hole

Courtesy: Reba Sheffield

A team of students and instructors from the UF College of Veterinary Medicine rescued a horse that fell into a sinkhole this weekend.

The UF Vets team worked together to lift the horse out of a sink hole in Trenton and back to safety.

Animal technical rescue branch director Brandi Phillips said the team had to use special care with the horse because she is blind and pregnant.

" We spent a lot of time talking to her and helping to soothe her and letting her know what we were doing so that she could understand the noises she was hearing," Phillips said. " We also wanted to make sure that we weren't going to do anything that was going to put her or her foal at risk."

Phillips led the team rescue and said the experience was rewarding not only for the owner, but for the students as well.

" Being able to help an owner get their animal back is the most rewarding feeling and that's the reason why we do what we do," Phillips said.

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