- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A fire chief says a horse that got stuck in the mud of a runoff pond on Washington’s Key Peninsula ended up rescuing himself, with a little help from a guide.

The News Tribune reports (https://is.gd/noBmAw ) that owners of the property first tried to free the horse themselves on Wednesday, then called firefighters for help.

Key Peninsula Fire Chief Guy Allen says his crews had the horse almost out - and then the tether rope broke and he fell back into the pond. However, this time the horse was in deep enough water to swim. So he paddled to a sand bar, a rescuer swam out to meet him and led him back to shore.

Allen says the horse literally “walked himself out with a guide, and did all the work himself.”

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Information from: The News Tribune, https://www.thenewstribune.com

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