By Steve Dellar  |  05-27-2018   News
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Sydney’s fire and rescue teams had quite the unexpected call-out today when they needed to save a pet alpaca called Magnum who had been stuck in the mud for some 4 hours.

The animal had gotten itself stuck in the mud of a dam in Sydney's north-west.

Fire station officer Mr Bill Smith explained that his team had been called out to Londonderry early on Sunday to save the animal. Upon arrival, they could see it was trapped in the dam up to his girth already.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Magnum the pet Alpaca has had a rough day, becoming stuck in the mud for 4 hours. See the full rescue tonight on Sydney&#39;s 7News at 6pm. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Alpaca?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Alpaca</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/7News?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#7News</a> <a href="https://t.co/atg6xXnR9M">pic.twitter.com/atg6xXnR9M</a></p>&mdash; 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) <a href="https://twitter.com/7NewsSydney/status/1000610263890935810?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 27, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The owner of the animal, Mr Brock Chauci, stated the animal had been stuck in the mud for some four hours in all.

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Initially, he had just wondered off to the water and gotten trapped in the mud to a depth of about half a metre. But as the animal started to panic, he just got himself stuck deeper and deeper.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Alpaca that got himself in a sticky situation. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9News?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9News</a><a href="https://t.co/UdGSAyzmCz">https://t.co/UdGSAyzmCz</a></p>&mdash; Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) <a href="https://twitter.com/9NewsSyd/status/1000617624399745024?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 27, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Mr Bill Smith explained the alpaca was indeed ‘a bit distressed’ upon arrival of his team.

As can be seen in the video, firefighters, helped by a technical rescue crew, were able to get several lassos around the animal and pulled it out of the mud like that. “It was a successful rescue,” chief Smith happily declared afterward.

The young ower Mr Cauchi, who was given the alpaca as a 14th birthday present in 2011, declared afterward that his pet was already back to its old ways: "He was really stressed at the time, but he's out and running around."

The animal will be checked by a veterinarian shortly to see if it has sustained any injuries.

Source:

https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/05/27/14/47/alpaca-rescued-sydney-fire-crew

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