If you weren't already terrified of sinkholes, those horrifying pits that open up in the earth after the ground collapses, then this horse's story may just convince you to be.
On June 15, the Arlington, Texas Fire Department responded to a frantic call. Following a recent flood, a sinkhole had opened up in a resident's driveway.
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Not only that, but the hole appeared right under the weight of Ginger, a beloved horse owned by local Carolyn Putney.
The hole, created after severe drainage pipe damage that caused an underground culvert to form, swallowed the poor animal in seconds. And Ginger, struggling to free herself by kicking her legs out, only forced herself to sink even further.
"I was just kind of horrified," Carolyn told NBC DFW. "She's my baby. One of my babies is like one of my children."
When the fire department arrived, the horse was four feet below the ground. They enlisted the help of a back hoe and a series of straps used by 12-15 firefighters to free the trapped horse.
Two hours later, the exhausted and terribly frightened Ginger was freed and tended to by veterinarians at the Burleson Equine Hospital.
Incredibly, Ginger came away with just a couple scratches! And though she has to wear a few casts, veterinarian Amy Armentrout clams that she "really couldn't be doing any better."
Nice work boys!