Animal rescuers save mule stuck in mud near Monroe

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

© 2017 KING-TV


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