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Rescuers Raise Calf from Well

Paramedics and veterinarians teamed up Monday to rescue a 3-month-old Holstein calf trapped in a Marion County well.

The owner, Thomas Wesley Harrell, found the female calf at the bottom of a 12-foot-deep well when he went to feed his cows early Monday, Marion County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Peveeta Persaud said.

Harrell contacted Fire Rescue, which summoned an emergency rescue team from the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine.

While waiting for them to arrive, firefighters lowered firefighter-paramedic Daniel Jodoin into the well to examine the calf and check the size of the well opening, Persaud said.

Once the veterinarians appeared, the two groups constructed a metal A-frame and then lowered Dr. Roger Clemmons into the well.

After he sedated the calf, rescuers lifted the animal out of the hole, hind legs first.

After the sedative wore off, the calf rejoined her mother, who had watched the rescue.

Although the calf may have spent 24 hours in the well, it did not appear to have suffered any injuries beyond minor scratches to its front legs.

Marion County paramedics have responded to several animal cases in recent months, including the rescue of a paint foal from an old septic tank, seven baby ducks from a storm drain and a miniature horse from a hay feeder.

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