The Colorado Springs Fire Department got a distress call about animals that were in need of rescuing. As usual, they went to the scene as fast as they could. Now, there was nothing unusual about puppy rescue operations. They thought that they had everything in order when they finished bringing out the puppies from the storm drain. However, things changed when they found out the truth about these animals!
When you think of firefighters, the first image that would come to mind would be a burning house. However, you should know that this is not the only thing that they do. They do not only help humans in distress, but also animals in need! Kittens are not the only animals that they help either.
Not Just Fires
Needless to say, the biggest part of their job would be to put out fires. However, there are other things that they are trained to help with. The responsibilities range from inspecting new buildings to providing medical care to handling hazardous materials. As you can see, we rely on them for many things.
A lot of the jobs have something similar in common. They are all risky situations! This was the reason the Colorado Springs Fire Department has a huge team of responders all over the city. They want to ensure that they can send someone to an emergency as soon as possible. They can get to anywhere in the city within 8 minutes most of the time.
It is possible for a fire to break out in many places at the same time. On top of that, every site might have a different sort of blaze. CSFD has an accumulation of various vehicles for different situations. There are 22 engine companies, 3 medical squads, 6 truck companies, 1 HeavyHazmat team, and 1 hazmat team. On top of that, they have 11 brush trucks to handle wildland fires, 1 hazardous-materials decontamination vehicle, 1 hose wagon, and 1 air supply truck.
Just A Normal Day
On that memorable day, things did not seem any different to the folks at the Colorado Springs Fire Department station. The day felt like any other day at the job. They conducted checkups, made coffee, filed reports, and inspected engines. However, this next job was going to make their day weird!
It was a mundane day at the job until they got a call. Even then, it did not sound like anything unusual. After the dispatcher took the details, the information was relayed to the firemen in the station. The job was an animal rescue call, and it did not sound hard. This was what they thought at the very least.
An experienced animal rescuer knows that you need to take various precautions regardless of how much you want to help. After all, animals tend to behave in odd ways when they feel endangered or scared. Even though some might simply cower in the corner out of fear, there are others that get aggressive. Some rescuers have been attacked by these creatures. The firefighters need to follow a set of rules to ensure both their safety and that of the animal.
A fireman must be ready for just about anything when they respond to an animal rescue call. Cats and dogs are not the only creatures that they rescue. Aside from that, they can also be called in to deal with undomesticated ones such as chickens, bears, and even wild cats.
On that particular day, it did not sound like they had a lot of things to worry about. After all, there was nothing scary about rescuing a litter of pups. The team put on their gear, hopped on the truck, and drove to the location of the canines.
They got there in no time at all. Right away, they hopped off the firetruck and inspected the situation. It looked like the puppies were all trapped below a storm grate. At first glance, it did not look like it was going to be a complicated scenario. If ever rain fell, however, it was possible that the pups might drown.
The Clock Is Ticking
They took a couple of minutes to devise a plan. They assessed the situation in front of them, and the firemen also drew a couple of conclusions. It did not matter if the rain did not fall because the poor puppies were still in danger of freezing in the cold.
The firemen knew that these animals must have been very tiny. There was no way that they could get out of the sewer without help. The good news was that the sewer was not that deep. The team talked about the options that they had. In the end, they agreed that one or two people can fetch the pups.
The storm grate was a little heavy, so they had to take it out. That was how they were able to get a good look at the animals. It was the first time that they not only saw them but heard them as well. When they did so, they realized that these animals were very young.
The firemen could not figure out just how on earth they got there. They felt even more curious because the mother did not seem to be there. There were plenty of questions going through their head, but they first had to carry out this mission.
Even though they could not see the mother or father anywhere, it was important for them to act with caution. There are animals out there who will leave their babies when they come into contact with humans. Meanwhile, there are also parents who would get vicious when they defend their young. In this case, it looked like a case of abandonment.
A Difficult Situation
When the team was able to look at the pups, they could not believe that the animals survived for that long. After all, they saw that the sewer was full of garbage and dirt. Sunlight could not get all the way down there either, so this meant that it was also freezing cold. The things that they saw only made them feel more motivated to rescue the babies.
The pups were obviously in danger, so it was time for the firemen to get to them to safety. They would have no problem if the mother decided to abandon them for good. However, it was a different matter if she wanted to return. After all, she was going to be shocked if she did not see them down there.
It soon became clear to the rescue team that these were no ordinary puppies. The thought of it gave them chills. What sort of animal would return to the spot to look after her young? This was not an easy decision to make, but time was running out for the babies all the same.
They knew what options they had, but it was hard to make the right call. They could just leave the pups there and hope that the mother would return soon. On the other hand, they could also get the babies out of there under the assumption that she would not return. At any rate, the pups were trapped.
They still did not know for sure what animals these were. However, they ended up choosing to simply get them out of there. They decided that they were willing to risk “contaminating” the babies with their human touch. It was the best course of action for their own sake.
One of the precautions that the firemen took would be to put on gloves. This way, they could avoid leaving their scent on the fur of the animals. Once they extracted the babies from the sewer, they left them on a sheet that they prepared beside the hole.
One of the firemen had been cautious as he put his hand inside the sewer and took out the first pup. Everyone was surprised to see just how small the animal was. After leaving him on the sheet, the small animal moved around freely.
Man’s Best Friend
It took the team a moment to notice that this was not just a regular puppy but a very young one! By then, they still had no idea how the little ones ended up in the sewer. However, they did not have a lot of time to think about it. They still had more puppies to save!
As the group worked, one of them suggested that the owner decided to abandon the puppies in the sewer. The truth is that it is not at all uncommon for folks to leave their puppies in dumpsters or by the road. Knowing this, it did not sound impossible that someone left the litter in the storm drain.
Cold Hard Truths
Even though it was a tragic thought, they knew that it was very much possible. Many people would do anything to get rid of responsibility, after all. Thinking about this only made the firemen feel encouraged to work faster and harder.
We hope that all the pet owners out there will learn a lesson from this. You might think that the “easy way out” would be to abandon your pets on the side of the road. Even though this is true for you, this is the exact opposite for the animal that you are leaving behind. The firemen hoped that the puppies were not left there by a human!
It was difficult to figure out how many puppies were down there. Fortunately, the drain was not too deep. They were able to locate all of them and bring them out of there. The firemen did not want to waste a single second!
The animals were so small that one could fit in their hand! We are sure that it was not a pleasant ordeal for the puppies either. One second, they were lying in a cold and dark place. The next moment, they were surrounded by people and out in the light. We are sure that they were confused.
By then, the team decided to investigate further on what took place there. There was a witness who was willing to share whatever information she had. The woman told the firemen that she spotted the puppies as they were getting swept away by the storm.
A Sigh of Relief
The firemen were relieved to hear that they were not abandoned in such a cold and cruel place. That was good to hear! Thanks to the information provided by the woman, they figured out that the puppies just got swept away by a current. They slipped into the sewer because of this.
Quick To Act
The eyewitness informed the firemen that she went after them as they got carried away by the water. Sadly, she was unable to rescue them in time. After they fell into the sewer, she tried to pry the lid open. However, she did not succeed in doing this because she did not have the right tools.
Calling in for Help
She was a concerned and considerate individual, so she took out her phone. She did not know who she should call but decided that the fire department would know how to take care of this. It was the right choice! The firemen were equipped with the necessary tools and experience to rescue the puppies.
One To Remember
The rescuers were glad that this woman was thoughtful and a fast thinker. They truly wished that more people out there would follow in her footsteps. It was a relief to know that there were people like her who cared so much about animals.
They also tried to figure out what sort of dog this was. The animals were all black, dark, and short-haired. They assumed that the puppies were some kind of Labrador. They had no idea that they were completely off the mark with this guess. But what else could they possibly be?
The firemen decided to bring the puppies to the nearby Humane Society. It made sense that they wanted to ensure that the animals were safe before anything else. The team of firefighters just wanted to know if the puppies were all in good health.
After the professionals took a look at the puppies, they were able to arrive at the conclusion that the animals were all healthy and stable! What great news. Aside from this, they were also strong. The firemen knew then that their work was done.
Mark Jenkins was one of the firemen who rescued the litter of puppies. He was curious and concerned, so he left his phone number with the doctors. He asked them to let him know how the animals were doing. However, he did not expect them to call so soon!
Mark retrieved his phone and saw that the caller was the vet. Before anything else, the vet reassured him that everything was fine. The puppies were all doing well, but there was something that the entire team had to know. What he said next took Mark by surprise!
Mark could not believe what he just heard. He pressed the phone to his ear, wondering if he heard incorrectly. Maybe there was a connection problem that was making the signal weird. However, the vet repeated what he said. In the end, he found out that those puppies were not really dogs. But what else could they possibly be if they were not dogs?
Mark had been listening attentively when the vet told him they were “red foxes.” He could not believe it. They had been so sure that it was a litter of puppies! Not once did it occur to them that it was a troop of foxes instead. Despite the name of these animals, they are usually a darker shade at birth.
Doing Something Good
Mark hang up and told the rest of the crew what he just found out. He could not wait to let them in on the news. Everyone was as shocked as he was to hear the truth. They did not even suspect that the animals were anything but regular dogs!
However, the story did have a twist. The vet informed him that the mother was probably in the area. She might even be looking for the babies. It was suggested that they return the babies to the sewer so that they had a chance of being reunited with their mother.
Worth A Try
The firemen could not help but feel weird at the prospect of returning the cubs in the storm drain. After all, it felt like they were undoing what they did. However, they knew that it would be best if the cubs were reunited with their mother. This time, they were going to wait until it happened.
They finished putting the cubs back in the drain. The rescuers had been waiting patiently from the side. They did not want to spook the mother, so they kept their distance. The vet said that she would probably wait until it was no longer light before she retrieved the cubs. Was this what really happened?
The Red Fox
Red foxes have a reputation for being smart creatures. They like to spend the rest of the day in the dens and only come out when it is night. The plan did not turn out the way they were expecting, however. The mother did not return even as morning approached. They hoped that she would show up soon.
Western European Fox
Red foxes are native to Western Europe. In that part of the globe, this is the only type of fox you will find. There is also the Arctic fox, which hails from Scandinavia. On the other hand, the corsac fox hails from European Russia. Despite this, red foxes are the biggest of all the true foxes.
The team had already been waiting there for a long time, but the water was still nowhere in sight. The cubs kept crying from the drain, but she did not show up. Everyone wondered if the mother fox witnessed the entire scene and got spooked.
After a couple of nights of waiting, the team could not help but feel that the mother was not going to come back for the cubs. Even though it was heartbreaking, they had no choice but to call it off. After all, the cubs needed to be looked after.
The Next Move
Everyone already made up their mind that the mother fox was not going to return. They picked up the cubs once more and returned to the Animal Clinic of Woodland Park. The clinic had already been informed of the story of these cubs and wanted to help as much as they possibly could.
This clinic is best known for its rehabilitation of different animals. What was their plan for the cubs? They wanted to nurse the litter of foxes until they grew strong and independent. In the meantime, they were going to be looked after. However, what was going to happen after that?
The unique story about the rescued fox cubs might sound amusing but let us not forget about the valuable lesson here as well. The firefighters learned that there were actually things that they did not know when it came to handling wild animals.
Even though the firemen were shocked by the incredible discovery, animal experts will tell you that there is nothing rare about this. If you ask them, they will explain to you that the mother probably mated a couple of months earlier in that area.
You might think that it was strange to find foxes in a place like that. However, you should keep in mind that this happened in Colorado. The state has a reputation for its fox population. After all, the terrain is full of hills and mountains that make for excellent dens and living areas.
Wildlife In Colorado
Foxes are definitely not the only wild animals that you will find in Colorado. The state also boasts snakes, coyotes, deer, mountain lions, and bears. If you take a hiking trail, you will probably encounter them. Even though some of them might look like tame creatures, your best bet is to simply leave them alone.
Dark And Cool
If foxes like to make dwelling places in dens, why would the mother of the litter put the cubs in a sewer grate? The experts have an answer to this question. The mother probably thought that the drain was similar to a den because it was cool and dark at the same time.
The mother fox probably made a mistake by leaving the babies there as she picked a den. Even though the sewer was cold and dark, this did not automatically make it a good place to raise cubs! There should be more to it than these superficial similarities.
Place Of Birth
It took them some time, but the parties involved in the rescue finally pieced everything together in the end. One theory was that the mother fox gave birth to the litter of cubs in the sewer grate! Whoa.
Even though some people feel sorry for the litter of foxes, there is some good news. The cubs would have been abandoned and left to fend for themselves. Thanks to the firemen who rescued them, they were now undergoing rehabilitation. This way, they will have a shot at survival!
In the beginning, the firemen could not believe that there were foxes in the middle of the city. Wild animals generally belong to the wild, not downtown. However, you should not forget that so many wild places have since been overrun by construction sites and buildings!
If you want to prevent encounters with wildlife, there are several things that you have to do. First of all, you must not feed these creatures even though they look very hungry. You should keep all your pet food indoors as well. Lastly, it is a good idea to fill holes that are larger than a quarter of an inch. You can use cement to prevent them from going inside your house.
These days, the natural habitats of these animals are being torn down to make way for homes and buildings. This explains why animals now wander into areas with humans. The animals do not only roam there, but it looks like they are also getting more comfortable. This is dangerous for both them and us.
The woman who called for help noticed that the animals got swept away by the current. She decided to keep her cool and made the right call. She knew that she could not handle the situation without extra help, so she called the authorities. Most of the time, animals can live without our intervention.
Not All Bad
A lot of people immediately assume that baby animals on their own are in some kind of trouble. Just so you know, this is not necessarily true. A lot of animal parents like to leave their babies alone for long periods of time as they look or hunt for food.
We are glad that this story got a happy ending. After the fire department got the call, the cubs have been receiving a lot of TLC. They are now being taken care of by the people working at the facility. Even though they are still being raised, they will eventually be returned to the wilderness.
Keeping An Eye Out
Considering the fact that cities and towns continue to grow and expand, we are sure that there will be more encounters like this in the future. If you ever find an animal that looks like it is in distress, the best thing to do would be to ask for help. By doing so, you have a good shot at saving this poor animal!
Anyone In Need
We have dubbed the firemen in the story as heroes because they did everything that they could to save the lives of these animals. Even though they eventually found out that they misidentified the poor creatures in the beginning, we are still inspired by their dedication to helping them. Look at the photos below if you want your heart to melt! Aww.
Moments Like This…
It is during moments like this one that we can see how much saving an animal can mean to a person, as well as to an animal. Just look at the concern that was written all over the face of this Labrador!
In The Arms Of An Angel
Aww, will you look at this face? The oxygen masks might have been designed for human use, but they are also used to save animals that inhaled smoke. The cat looks like it had just been rescued by an angel. Who knows, maybe that was what really happened.
Breathing New Life
Every single one of us can learn a thing or two from firefighters. They are totally dedicated to their job. On the topic of saving lives, they are willing to give everything that they have if it means saving as many humans and animals as possible. This is evident if you look at this guy giving a dog mouth-to-mouth.
Even In The Water
There is no place that rescuers would not go if they have to take care of an animal in need. This drowning dog assumed that he was a goner. It was a good thing that these rescuers swooped in to help!
Animals are unable to speak in the same way that we can, but it is clear that this dog was grateful. She wanted to extend his thanks to the guy who saved her life. She will never forget him, that’s for sure!
“It’s not over until it’s over,” they say. However, this cat felt very safe in the arms of this firefighter. They still had a few more ladder rungs to go, but the car was just happy to be away from the fire.
As the old saying goes, all dogs go to heaven. That might be true, but these firemen were not about to let this happen just yet. The old dog thought that it was his time, but he was proved wrong. So cute!
Whoever Needs Help
It does not matter to them if you are a cat, a dog, a fox, a goat. If you are in need of help, you can bet that firemen will be there to help you out. They only want you to be away from harm’s way!
Cats are said to have nine lives. Despite this, the fireman did not want the kitten to lose any of them! This is the face of appreciation, and it is adorable. We can’t tell who was happier at that moment!
When a home is ravaged by fire, both the human residents and furry inhabitants suffer from trauma. Just look at this cat. Even though he is now safe, it was still hard to watch his home go down like that.
A Second Chance
The Clark County Fire Department responded to a fire, but they did not know that they would need to look for trapped kittens. When they finally found a kitten in there, they got him out of there ASAP.
In Safe Hands
This is all the evidence that you need to see how hard it is to be a fireman. The cat and the firefighter look like they just had a heck of a day. Oh well. They say that all’s well that ends well!
You might assume that firemen are primarily concerned about saving animals from a burning place. However, they also help out when animals get trapped in rubble after any disaster, be it a fire, a hurricane, or even a flood.
A Real Bond
This woman was overwhelmed when she got her cat. When a fire breaks out, it is hard to tell if there are animals stuck inside. There are times when pet owners get worried about a cat that was not even inside the house!
This cat looked very content to be in the arms of the rescuer. On the other hand, the fireman was clearly exhausted. Despite this, we are sure that he was relieved that he pulled off such a daring rescue.
It Takes A Team
This is the best picture that demonstrates “there’s no ‘I’ in team.” This ethos is beautifully encompassed by this photo of firemen ensuring the wellbeing of a rescued dog. What a bunch of heroes, am I right?
Whatever It Takes
Regardless of how tired a fireman is, they will do everything in their capacity to rescue anyone. The Assistant Chief is a good role model because he has internalized what it means to put everything ahead of yourself.