Our Story Of Nate
A normal day on the farm, Friday December 26, 2014, the day after Christmas. We had good friends and clients visit the farm. We all were in the main alpaca pasture passing out carrots and visiting when someone looked over and said, "whats wrong with Nate?" I looked over into the next pasture and all I could see was the top of his neck and head! I ran across the pasture and through the gate and could not believe my eyes! Nate was what looked to be in a sitting position in a hole around at least 5 feet deep! I yelled for everyone to get Marty! Marty and I have been working on our old farm house and that weekend was supposed to be putting new roofing on the front of the house. Marty was up on the roof putting up new tin. Marty came running thinking it was a new alpaca that was due but was shocked at what he saw. He ran to the neighbors for help!
A bobcat was brought back and proceeded to dig around Nate while I held his head and consoled him. We made a ramp around the front of him as Marty dug close with a shovel, Nate was a trooper though out the whole process. After calling more friends we all kept digging and tried to get him out. After 2 hours we all realized we would loose daylight and Nate so we called 911. I can only imagine what the 911 operator was thinking when this crazy woman is calling about her horse in a hole! Nate is a retired rescue and is over 30. We were concerned about using any kind of equipment and just needed man power! 911 brought man power! The Wildwood Fire Department came in all their glory! More digging, straps and a huge amount of man power and the video below tells the end to this crazy and unbelievable story!!
See Video of Nate, Wildwood Fire Department and all the help!
I was on my way up with our vet that had just arrived just as they got him out! Now I had kept my cool the entire time but once I saw Nate out of the hole, I ran over and gave him a big hug and he gave me his usual huge nudge with his head against my chest, I broke down and balled my eyes out! I was overwhelmed with joy! Our HUGE thanks to the Wildwood Fire Department, our neighbor Lee with his bobcat, Craig our neighbor and our friend Randy, Charles and Barbara and their son Toby and his fiance who shot this video, (no one would have believed it if we didn't have the video) our vet Dr. Rullon and all the others who were there for any and all support!!!!
UPDATE: Nate is a champ! Our vet stayed on for over 2 hours administering fluids and meds to make sure Nate was ok. Other than just a back swollen leg, Nate pulled through! He is back in the pasture with his best friend Hershey and all is well. That hole was not there the day before. We can only figure that while he was grazing that day the sink hole formed and he just dropped in butt first and his legs went right under him. We are so blessed that however it happened, it was a happy ending!Thank you everyone for the kind responses, hugs and well wishes. We are TRULY BLESSED!!