Fire Brigade Got Emergency Call to Save Animals, but Were in Shock When They Saw What It Really Was

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Fire Brigade Got Emergency Call to Save Animals, but Were in Shock When They Saw What It Really Was


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The Rescue Mission


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The Roles of a Fireman

The Roles of a Fireman
Firefighters are not only needed to put out fires and rescue people.They are tasked with much more. The responsibilities vary from providing medical care to inspecting the fire safety of new buildings. Or when dangerous substances are released, the fire brigade is there to deal with it and make the environment safe. Their duties also include helping animals in danger and assisting in medical emergencies. That is why they were called for this exceptional case.



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Emergency

Emergency
The Colorado Springs Fire Department is equipped with resources specifically designed for emergency response purposes. These resources are located throughout the city and help ensure the fastest possible response and assistance. By having these resources, they can reach most areas of the city in eight minutes. A fire can of course break out in different places at the same time, and at each location the fire can be very different. Therefore, the fire brigade is equipped with a large range and different vehicles to deal with all scenarios.



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The Best Equipment

Like Any Other Day
It was just another ordinary day at the Colorado Springs Fire Department in March 2018, before a call came in that would be of great importance. The firefighters just continued their work at the station, waiting for their next big emergency call. Of course, like any other day, they had no idea what kind of emergency response they were going to provide. But this phone call changed everything. The deployed firefighters did not know what they were dealing with until they went out.



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They Received a Call

They Received a Call
When the fire brigade finally received a call that day, a woman informed the team that she had seen some trapped animals in the area. The CSFD did not notice anything unusual about the call they received. The fire brigade often received calls about rescuing animals. In some cases there was a lot of panic and in some cases it was not that serious after all. They immediately sent out a team because they knew that the faster they were on the scene, the faster they could help the poor animals if they were in dire need. What they did not know is that they were about to witness a unique experience…



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Procedure for Rescuing Animals

Procedure for Rescuing Animals
The team that went out had a lot of experience with animals in need. They have rescued many puppies and kittens in the past, but these missions taught them that each case must be approached from a different angle. CSFD firefighters are trained to follow special procedures when rescuing animals. This is because animals react differently when faced with danger. These rules and training are designed to ensure the safety of the animals and the firefighters. But they were surprised when they arrived on the scene.



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The Uncertainty of the Rescue Operation

The Uncertainty of the Rescue Operation
What made this situation even more difficult was the fact that they had no idea what kind of threat they were dealing with. The woman on the phone had no idea what kind of animals needed their help, so they had to be extremely careful this time. Therefore, they were uncertain about the behavior of these animals, some animals can get wild in panic situations and, for example, start biting. This can be dangerous for the firemen so safety is paramount.



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Situation Under Control

Situation Under Control
When they arrived on the scene, the firefighters encountered a familiar situation. They heard the animals in distress and realised they were stuck in a drainpipe, which was a common scenario for this skilled team. The firefighters approached the situation with confidence because they knew what they were doing. The CSFD firefighters were confident that they could handle the situation, even though they did not know what kind of animals they would be dealing with.



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Would This Make it Worse?

Would This Make it Worse?
The firemen immediately jumped out of the fire truck and headed for the place where the puppies were found. As they got closer, they realised that the animals were trapped in a storm grate. Luckily, it was a sunny day in March, they didn’t have to deal with heavy rain, which could put these animals in danger.  They had to think of a way to save them as soon as possible, and they had no time to lose.



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They Had No Time To Lose


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The plan

The Plan
The firefighters could see that the animals were small and could not get out of the storm grate by themselves. The team began to prepare for the rescue after deciding that they would have to send one or two of their men down to pull the animals out. The most important thing was to lift the grate carefully. This was because they needed to see the bottom. Once they lifted the grate, they could clearly hear the screams of the small animals. The firefighters realised that they were dealing with babies.



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What Kind of Animal Could It Be?

What Kind of Animal Could It Be?
The firefighters wondered why the little animals were in the storm grate. This was not a suitable place for such small animals to be kept. Besides, the babies’ mother was not with them, which was even more mysterious. The firemen still did not know what species they were dealing with. In order to proceed with the rescue, they first had to investigate the layout of the sewer. Without this information, they could not proceed with the rescue. Moreover, they had to take into account that the mother might be nearby, because they did not know the species this could become dangerous.



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The Circumstances

The Circumstances
The team was shocked that the animals were still alive, considering the conditions they were in. The small animals had no access to heat or food and were surrounded by dirt and rubbish. It was uncertain whether the animals would make it, but that did not stop the team from trying to help. The whole situation had to be handled with caution. The mother could return to save her babies. They had to decide quickly what to do, because the animals might not last much longer.



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Rescue The Babies or Not?

Rescue The Babies or Not?
The firemen were still unsure whether to rescue the babies or not. This was because the mother of the animals could hide or come back. This mission was confusing from the start because the firefighters could not figure out how the babies had ended up in the drain. But the most important thing was to find out what kind of animals they were, for their own safety. They were in shock when they found out what kind of animal it was….



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The Rescue

The Rescue
They did everything they could to find the mother of the animals, but unfortunately she was nowhere to be found, so they assumed that the mother had left them behind and was not a danger for them. The firefighters decided to continue with the rescue. They wore special gloves to make sure their smell did not get on the babies. A sheet was placed next to the sewer. The babies would be placed on it to protect them.



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The First Rescue

The First Rescue
A member of the team carefully entered the sewer to save one of the babies. Everyone at the scene was shocked to see how small the animal was. The animal started rolling around as soon as it was placed on the sheet. After the first rescue, the firefighters could finally see the animal. The poor little creatures were puppies. These puppies clearly had no business being in the sewer, and the team was still amazed at what they were doing there. But the big surprise was still waiting, because in the end it were not puppies from a dog…



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Unwanted and Abandoned

Unwanted and Abandoned
It was a shocking sight to see the abandoned puppies in the sewer. The firefighters wondered if someone had put them there. The smell was increasing, so it could not be ruled out that someone did not want the animals and had left them there. Of course, nobody hopes that this would be the case. But the rescue was not over yet, and they picked up their pace to rescue the remaining puppies in the sewers. The rescue was now easier because they thought which animal they were dealing with.



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Had They Been There for Days?

Had They Been There for Days?
The fireman had many questions about the animals and did not know how many puppies he was dealing with. Fortunately, it was not that deep, so they could carry out the rescue quickly. It seemed as if the puppies had been in the sewer for days, they could tell by their condition. The firefighters were still full of questions and confused as to why the puppies were here. Then they decided to call the woman who had reported the problem.



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The Lady

The Lady
The lady told them that she had called them because she had seen the puppies being dragged into the sewer by a stream. So what had happened? The puppies were fortunately not abandoned and they had just been very unlucky. It turned out that the puppies were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Fortunately, the firemen were able to rescue the animals before it was too late. But there were still many questions left unanswered. The answers shocked everyone.



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What Kind of Animal Was It?

What Kind of Animal Was It?
The woman said she tried to save the puppies after she saw them being dragged away. She also tried to open the grate, but she did not have the right tools to do it. Once the puppies were safe, they started guessing what kind of dogs they were. Judging by their appearance, many of the firefighters thought they were Labradors. This was due to their short, thread-like hair and dark fur. But were they really puppies of a dog? The researchers did not think so..



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The Humane Society

The Humane Society
Once the rescue was complete, the firefighters took them to their next destination. Here, they would have everything checked to make sure they were in a healthy condition. This destination was a Humane Society, where the puppies would be safe and examined. After the examination, everyone was happy to hear that the animals were still in good health. They were fit and strong, and you could not tell that they had survived in the sewers. But there was more shocking news..



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Shocking News From Veterinarian

Shocking News From Veterinarian
Mark Jenkins, one of the firemen, had given his number so that he could be kept informed. To his great surprise, he received a phone call much earlier than he had expected with shocking news. What the vet then told him was a big shock and he had not expected it at all! Everyone was wrong because they were not puppies at all! Mark had to check whether he had heard correctly because it was so unexpected.



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They Could Not Believe It

They Could Not Believe It
After getting all the information from the vet, they only realised that the animals were not at all like what they had expected. It turned out that the litter of Labrador puppies were not Labradors at all – in fact, they were not even puppies! It was a hilarious mistake. Mark could not believe his ears. The vet told him that the puppies he found were not from a dog at all. They were little baby foxes! He had not thought of this for a moment.



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How Could They Be So Wrong?

How Could They Be So Wrong?
Mark’s first thought was how stupid the team must be that everyone thought that baby foxes were Labrador puppies. The vet then explained that it was not silly at all. Puppies and fox cubs as newborns often look alike. When Mark told the team about what he had heard, they, as well, could not believe it. Everyone was so sure that they were puppies. Still, the team was just happy that they were safe and sound, and that the rescue went smoothly.



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Wild Animals

Wild Animals
The firemen wanted the foxes to be well taken care of and not abandoned after their rescue. Unfortunately, the Humane Society could not do much for these baby foxes. This is because they mainly focus on dogs and cats and are not licensed to handle wild animals, even though they were rescued. The team decided to do everything possible for the foxes and took them to a recognised rehabilitation centre for wild animals. They hoped that they would be able to provide the care so that the foxes would survive.



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The Shelter

The Shelter
Eventually, they managed to find a shelter for the cute little foxes and a safe home. They were eventually handed over to a veterinary clinic called Woodland Park. Terri Collins is the co-owner of this facility and after investigation, he said that the animals were only 24 to 48 hours old and therefore lucky to have been found. Most of them had not even opened their little eyes. So the sweet little foxes were eventually taken in and given the right care to have a good life.



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The Big Question

The Big Question
Terri Collins was very surprised by the foxes he found and was happy to give them a good home and care for them until they were strong enough to go into the wild. He decided to post a picture on Facebook for everyone to guess what kind of animals they were. As it turned out, the firefighters were not the only ones who did not know! Many people had no idea what kind of animals they were.



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The Right Answer

The Right Answer
After giving everyone plenty of time to guess the right answer, Terri decided to tell them what the cute animals’ origins were. He revealed what the found animals were by writing this on Facebook: “So yes, a litter of eight red fox kittens was found in Colorado Springs and brought to our amazing rehabilitator.” Because Terri wanted to take such good care of them, he got a lot of sleep deprivation because he had to feed them all for 4 hours a day until they gained weight. But now they are doing well.



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Confused

Confused
The biggest reason why the firemen were confused about where the foxes were found was because it was in an urban area. They did not understand why the animals were there and how they got there. Yet Colorado Parks and Wildlife District wildlife manager Travis Sauder revealed that there was nothing unusual about it. “This time of year there are a lot of animals that are having their young, and they have them in little dens that are places that we can come across when we recreate outdoors like we like to do,” Sauder told CBS Denver.



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The Firefighters

The Firefighters
The firefighters, as mentioned earlier, already had a lot of experience in rescuing animals. However, they had not experienced something like this before. They are happy that they are still learning something new every day. They also realised that they were very lucky that it did not end badly, because this was the first time they had captured wild animals. This mission has shown them that sometimes they need help as well – just like everyone else.



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The Mother of The Animals

The Mother of The Animals
The fireman and veterinarian both had the same in mind when it came to the future of these baby foxes – reuniting them with their mother was a priority, as they deserved to be released. This would also be the best option for the little animals. “These animals will be returned to the place where we found them, in the hope that the mother is still in the area and can take up normal duties as she would. If the mother is no longer around we can take them to a licensed rehabilitation facility,” Sauder told CBS Denver.



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They are Safe

They are Safe
Unfortunately, we do not know whether the mother of the animals has been found and whether the foxes can return to the wild. It appears that there are many people who have contributed to the rescue effort in order to give the foxes a safe home. The foxes feel safe and secure again because of the good actions of the firemen, veterinarian and all the other people who helped. We are happy to read stories like this that animals can still be saved.