The Washington State Animal Response Team rescued a mule Saturday that was stuck in mud near Monroe.

The 1,600-pound draft mule named Clarence was on a slope when the response team arrived around midnight.

Several animal rescuers helped save Clarence the mule near Monroe. Photo: WA State Animal Response Team

The fire department responded earlier, putting hay around the mule to keep him comfortable and from laying in a creek at the bottom of the slope.

Several animal rescuers helped save Clarence the mule near Monroe. Photo: WA State Animal Response Team

Animal rescuers rigged two systems—one anchored from a van tire, the other from a picket they built out of four-foot iron stakes.

A team down the slope put straps around Clarence and strapped him to a rescue glide. They also sedated the mule.

After they raised Clarence to the top of the slope, they helped get him back to his feet.

Several animal rescuers helped save Clarence the mule near Monroe. Photo: WA State Animal Response Team

Usually, animals might have a hard time controlling their hind limbs after being raised to their feet. But Clarence was able to walk to his stall and a veterinarian plans to keep an eye on him over the next few days.