Fairytale ending for rescued mare Bambi

Camden Equine Centre vets have played a key role in the dramatic rescue of a horse that had fallen into a septic tank at a Douglas Park property.

The sedated horse in the septic tank

The sedated horse who required a front end loader to be brought in from Picton in order to crane her out of the tank

Resident in equine surgery, Dr Victoria McIver, and equine intern, Dr Nicole Parnell were called to the property two weeks ago where the police, Douglas Park Rural Fire Brigade and the Picton Fire and Rescue crew were already in attendance.

The horse’s heroic owners and their neighbours raised the alarm, and also managed to get an initial sling around the horse and keep the animals head above the septic until emergency workers and our vets arrived.

Dr Mciver and Dr Parnell anaesthetized the horse, called Bambi, to keep it calm as well as injecting antibiotics to fend off any infection from the putrid water the horse had found itself in. She also received intravenous fluids to fend off shock.

The rescue took around five hours due to the depth of the tank, and the size of the horse which required a front end loader to be brought in from Picton to crane the animal out.

Bambi finally craned out of the tank and on to dry land

Bambi finally craned out of the tank and on to dry land

Once removed from the tank Bambi’s fabulous owners and their neighbours gave her a much needed shampoo. Dr Mciver and Dr Parnell gave the horse a check up and administered more medications. Fortunately, she had only sustained some minor wounds that were given a thorough cleaning.

The mare, who has been under the care of local vet Dr Andrew Argyle since her ordeal, was visited by both Dr Mciver and Dr Parnell last week who found she was progressing well and is expected to make a full recovery.

Dr McIver and Dr Parnell wish to acknowledge the amazing teamwork of her owners and their neighbours during both the traumatic rescue and her aftercare, and send a big thank you to the emergency crews for their fantastic efforts that night.

 

Dr Victoria McIver (left) and Dr Nicole Parnell visiting rescued Bambi, a week after the mare’s ordeal

Dr Victoria McIver (left) and Dr Nicole Parnell visiting rescued Bambi, a week after the mare’s ordeal