A bull weighing 1,500 pounds fell down a concrete-structured well filled with eight feet of water in a suburb of Sacramento. But the bull managed to stand on two legs and peer over the top of the cistern looking something like a periscope. By chance, an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer driving by saw the bull's head peering out of the well. The CHP officer alerted firefighters, the Heavy Rescue Company Battalion from Sacramento Metro Fire District, and veterinarians from the University of California-Davis. Soon the team of firefighters and veterinarians working together rescued the bull.
Fortunately, the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters and veterinarians from the UC-Davis train together on techniques needed to rescue large animals such as horses and cows. The focus is on rescuing animals from situations where they can't get out such as wells, sewers, collapsed structures, wood, concrete, rivers, chimneys, tree tops, poles, pipes, behind brick walls, sinkholes, cisterns, ice, traps, and other tight spots. The firefighters learn animal behavior and traits as well as techniques for lifting heavy animals or small ones from dire circumstances.
Check out the July 26, 2012, Sacramento Bee article by Bill Lindelof, "Metro firefighters, Davis veterinarians rescue bull from well." The big rodeo bull fell into the cistern, which is a large well around eight-feet deep and filled with water. The cistern supplies livestock water troughs in pasture along Old Placerville Road near White Rock Road.
The Sacramento Bee acts as a catalyst bringing people together and now has informed readers through the Sacramento Bee's article that if someone is trapped and needs to be rescued, the public needs to call the Heavy Rescue Company from Sac Metro after calling 911. The idea is to locate the correct agency for rescuing trapped people or animals has been named by the media. This is different from rescuing or finding missing or lost people. Trapped means covered under a pile of concrete or wood, caught in a chimney, or fallen down a well or cistern, to mention some examples. Think of a horse who falls through the ice or down a hole.
In case somebody needs rescuing and the public doesn't know who to call first, now mainstream media has given readers at least a clue as to who is called that is qualified to rescue large, heavy animals or anyone else who becomes trapped and needs quick rescuing from dire consequences such as keeping one's head above water when trapped in a dark well.