By Taniya Dutta
This is the heartwarming moment good Samaritans rescued a 2500 lbs bull from drowning in a 35-foot-deep canal in northern India.
The bull had slipped into the deep Beas Satluj Link canal in Mandi in Himachal Pradesh around 7:30 am on Saturday.
Locals spotted it struggling hard to come out of the sloppy cemented embankments where it got stuck.
After a call was made to Sher Singh, a fireman at Bhakra Beas Management Board, a team had arrived to rescue the stray animal.
However, pulling the huge animal from the cold waters of the river was an uphill task for the men.
Sher Singh then decided to volunteer.
The fireman quickly scaled down the canal slopes with a thick rope in hand and tied it around the bull. After two hours of struggle, the firemen succeeded to rescue the animal at 9 am.
He said: “It was a very difficult operation. The animal was huge and aggressive. The water was deep and icy cold. Whenever I was trying to tie the rope around it, it was charging at me. I was only wearing a pair of shorts and there was no protection gear. Even a small mistake could cause serious injuries to me. It took almost two hours to bring bull out of the water.”
Sub District Veterinary Doctor was also called in since the bull sustained injuries while trying to scale the sloppy walls to save itself.
“Since water flowing in the canal is too cold, animals cannot stay in water for long. Its foot sole was damaged due to repeated failed attempts to come out of the canal. Otherwise it is healthy,” said Dr Ramesh Kumar Balu, Senior Veterinary Doctor, Sunder Nagar Division Veterinary Hospital.
After the preliminary treatment, the bull was left at a safe corner as it is stray.