CURRITUCK Co., N.C. - A miniature horse got stuck upside down in Currituck County on December 4.
Ike the mini horse is thought to be about 10 years old. He came to the Southern Hope Animal Rescue and Education about a week ago.
“He’s very inquisitive,” said Janessa Lockwood, the president of Southern Hope Animal Rescue and Education. “He’s had quite a bit of neglect in his life and he’s learning his manners now.”
Lockwood was stunned by the sight of Ike wedged between a barn and a large shipping container used to hold hay.
“I was shocked. I couldn’t figure out how he got into that situation,” said Lockwood.
The mystery forced her to called 911.
“The Crawford Fire Station and Lantz’s Towing company came to the rescue,” said Lockwood.
Crawford Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Keith Storf said, “It’s not something you see every day and not something that the department normally focuses their training on.”
But they put a plan in place and got Ike free after about 30 minutes.
Ike suffered some swelling, but for the most part is okay. On December 13, News 3 got an update from his owner who said he got a clean bill of health and had a chiropractic adjustment.
"The pony was able to roll to its side and then get back up onto his feet under his own power,” said Storf.
There are about 30 horses and ponies on the rescue farm, and Ike seemed to be glad to be back with his buddies.
Now, they are looking for a forever home for him.
Lockwood encouraged members of the public to come and meet Ike this weekend for the 5th annual Christmas in the Country fundraiser.
You can get pictures with Santa and a pony, and there are pony rides, wagon rides, a petting pen, a bonfire and more.
The fundraiser will take place on Saturday, December 8 from 12-4 p.m.
Click here to learn more about the event.