Firefighters Thought They Saved Puppies Lives
Ask any firefighter, and he or she would tell you that they usually cannot foretell what each day holds. Firefighters are ready to answer any call that requires their service, regardless of the nature of the inferno. Although no one prays for misfortunes, like death, accidents are bound to occur. Hence, firefighters do not limit themselves to putting our fire; they also ensure that anything living in a fire engulfed environment is safe. The firefighters of Colorado have been in operation for a while now, and the team often feels fulfilled whenever they put out a fire and carry out a successful rescue mission. But on this fateful day, they would have thought they just saved some puppies only to find out that there is much more to the safety of the puppies. Kindly read on to grasp the full story of what happened!
A Pretty Normal Day For The Heroes
For these firefighters at Colorado Springs Fire Department, they were pretty going about the routine at work, waiting just in case an emergency call comes in that needs their attention. Well, an emergency call did come in, only that this time, it is not what they used to handle.
With several years of experience under their belts, the team has seen and played roles in several life-changing moments that involve fire. The firefighters wouldn't have believed if someone told them that today wasn't going to be like the other days they've actively served in the fire department. They've only focused on doing their jobs and doing well. But today? Something they were not expecting would come up.
A Typical Rescue... So They Thought
Workers at the Colorado Springs Fire Department were having a regular day and chatting about past operations and looking forward to what the day had in store for them. On that fateful day in March, they were ready for any emergency as they have always been. In answering their questions, their emergency hotline rang, and their services were needed.
The person on the other side of the phone was a lady who wanted them to help save some animals that were trapped. The lady didn't give specifics about the condition of the animals. The next thing was to locate the place; after all, firefighters don't debate in an emergency. That's how there are trained.
Worrying About The Situation
On their way to the scene, they got engrossed in trying to recollect the precautions and strategies required to rescue animals. A lot of people might think rescuing animals shouldn't be a big deal, but it is much complicated than the surface, animals need different procedures in caring for them, not to mention a situation that needs rescuing.
The way humans respond to stress and dangers is similar to how animals respond. Sometimes we can be fidgety and so nervous that we make the remedy to the stress take longer than usual. That also applies to animals, and when they are in distress, they could be calm or go uncontrollable. For the firefighters, they weren't even sure of what they were about to face. However, they knew the operation requires prudence.
The servicemen wouldn't know which particular animals needed rescue. But they were sure that if the animals were domestic, dogs or cats would be the case; after all, they were in the city. Although they didn't rule out the idea that wild animals could also come to play; all they needed to do was to prepare themselves for the worse and of course, keep themselves safe too. They knew their safety precedes their rescue service.
They firmly believed that with their loads of experience, saving animals isn't going to be the one to take them by surprise. They had rescued different animals from burns, smoke, and installations on different occasions. But they still had no idea what they were going in to; nevertheless, they proceeded. They knew what they had to do.
Arriving At The Scene
As soon as the team arrived at the site of the incident, they hurried to the storm trench in a blink of an eye. Onlookers had informed them that the animals were trapped inside the drain. As professionals, they quickly assessed to see if the animals needed immediate intervention. Luckily, it wasn't the rainy season, and the story would have been different.
If the rains were around, the animals wouldn't have survived trapped in an enclosure with water filling up the trench; they would have drowned long ago. A look at the drain showed that it was dark, cold, and deep. They still couldn't come to terms how the animals got in there, but one they knew was that they needed to act fast to save the animals' lives.
Getting The Facts Straight
The enclosure's space was quite small, and this would give rise to thoughts that the animals probably were still in their infancy stage. When they opened the gate for the animals, no one came out of the hole. Then, that gave rise to anxiety; they suddenly realized that if the animals were a little bit aware of their environment, they would have rushed to come out. Carefulness was needed now.
Shortly after they opened the drain, they heard cries from the animals, and this confirmed their suspicions that the animals were babies. The hole was so dark that they really couldn't see what type of animals they were. However, for them, they had to save these animals fast.
How Did They Get In There?
They couldn't get their minds off comprehending how the little infants got into a dark, secluded place. Dogs and Cats usually give birth to their young ones in public. So how did these animals get in there? And they were not wild animals, so how would they have managed to get into that dark place all by themselves.
The Firefighters were still confused as to what babies of animal they belonged. At this point, they were totally clueless about what to do. They then decided to split into two, one group going into nearby places, perhaps to see if the mother of the babies was closeby, this would at least give them an idea of what animal's babies were in there.
A Very Sensitive Circumstance
After searching frantically for hours for the mother of the babies, they didn't see any clue of animals in the environment. The firefighters didn't want to conclude, but it was evident that the mother of the baby animals either abandoned them or was scared off by approaching footsteps. The firefighters didn't want to accept these conclusions, but they looked like it.
They were more determined to help the babies after reaching probable conclusions. Before long, they sprang into action and were wary of the fact that they do not delay their operations. That was to avoid meeting dead babies in the drain.
The sewer wherein the animals were found was only lately filled with water and contained a lot of garbage too. The firefighters feared that the babies might begin to have issues as a result of complications from their stay in the sewer. Fortunately, when the firefighters saw them, they were still breathing, but the animals were apparent cold and needed help immediately.
That doesn't erase the fact that there were a lot of things to put into consideration. What if their mother went to fetch food for the poor little things, and was coming back to where she left them. How would she feel about her missing babies? For the firefighters, it was still challenging to identify them, but first things first, how do they make these animals survive?
First Thing First
The firefighters had to make a decision first, even though the situation looked a little tricky. They needed to make sure they were safe first of all before delving into knowing what animals are. After reaching that conclusion, they decided to pull out the animals from the sewer.
The firefighters hardly believed that they just saved a whole bundle of puppies; not only were they puppies, but they were also cute animals. Although the team wasn't rescuing puppies for the first time, they had never saved puppies from the sewer before. They had no idea where they came from, but the firefighters knew they weren't supposed to be in that drain.
Wild dogs would have given birth to their pups in a safe place, this sewer was far from comfortable and safe, this sewer if for anything would kill the puppies. That made them think to settle for a sad reality that perhaps, a pet owner might have abandoned them there.
Left to the firefighters, they were excited about the rescue of the pets. However, it didn't stop them from wondering how they got into the sewer in the first place and how sad it is for someone to abandon these cute little things in a cold drain. Since they don't have proof, they wanted to believe otherwise.
All the pubs looked beautiful and healthy, and it was something of a puzzle that someone would have to leave them in a sewer. They weren't even able to feed themselves yet. Anyways, the firefighters were ready to look past that and take care of them till whenever.
A Lesson For Everyone
The firefighters were willing to let pet owners know a few things about their pets. They deemed it fit to educate pet owners that there were a hundred options available than leaving pets to die in the cold. Their caution was, give your pets to people who are willing to take care of them if they don't interest you again.
The firefighters also advised that not all people love animals, some don't even want them around, hence their incapability of handling the animals. However, for every person who doesn't like animals, there is definitely someone who would give the animal the needed treatment. For these puppies, the firefighters wanted to believe the assumptions they had made were wrong.
Feeling The Warmth Together
Even though the drain was really dark and the puppies were also black, the firefighters were afraid they might leave one of the pubs behind. But after a thoroughly carried out search, they were able to see eight puppies lying next to each other gathering heat from their bodies, considering the sewer was cold.
Seeing how these puppies look like with dirt on their furs and how vulnerable they look like, it was a very emotional moment for the firefighters. We could only visualize how terrible the puppies must have felt after their exposure to so much cold at their tender age. The firefighters weren't going to stop at saving the puppies; they decided to press to find out who abandoned the puppies.
While conducting their research, the firefighters spoke to the caller who called them earlier to report a rescue mission. She told them what they thought happened isn't wasn't the case as she was a firsthand witness to everything. When she explained to them, they could only be grateful that what they had imagined didn't come true.
Calling The Right People
After getting the full account of all that happened, the firefighters were happy that somebody did not take the situation trivial and had called for help when it mattered the most. They were glad someone cared for animals that weren't her own. According to the firefighters, they declared that they weren't the heroes but the caller who buzzed them was.
When the woman saw the puppies been carried away by the heavy stream, she had the hunch that she wouldn't be able to save them all by herself. And so, she decided to call the firefighters who would have better equipment to facilitate the rescue mission.
The Guessing Game
Finally, the puppies were safe and sound, and it was time for the firefighters to find what breed of dog the puppies belonged to. There are several breeds of dogs out there, but from the physiological features, like the black and shiny fur, the long tails and long ears, the firefighters were sure they were labradors.
A Little CheckUp For The Puppies
To be sure the puppies were doing fine, they visited a veterinarian to check their vitals to be sure that they were in perfect condition. They also took them to be examined one by one at the Human Society of the Pikes Peak. Luckily for them, they were all in perfect condition.
One of the firefighters, Mark Jenkins, left his contact with the Vets, just in case they needed the firefighters' attention. He wanted updates on everything that concerns the puppies. However, he received a rude shock when they called him earlier than he expected.
When Mark answered the call, he was worried the Vet might have some bad news as related to the puppies. But the Vet was quick to let him know that all was fine and that the puppies were doing just fine. Instead, the Vet disclosed to Mark something he didn't see coming in the puppies.
The Shocking Truth
Remember the firefighters concluded the puppies concluded were a bunch of Labradors. But after the call from the Vet, Mark broke the news to the rest of the team. What they thought were Labradors were actually many foxes. They wouldn't have seemed that coming.
At first, the firefighters didn't believe their ears; they were very sure the baby animals were dogs. When they sought more clarification, the Veterinary doctor explained that the animals were red baby foxes. The Vet was particularly amazed that the firefighters had mistaken them for puppies, but for the firefighters, they did not recover from this revelation.
Doing The Best For Them
Although the Vet had clarified the identity of the animals, he requested a favor from the firefighter team. He wanted them to return the fox kits to the sewer where they saw them, as the mother might come looking for them, and maybe she has been looking for them already.
The firefighters knew what they had to do, as they understood that there was nothing more than a mother's care for her young ones. What this means is, they had to safely return the pups to the area where they saw them, only that this time, they would observe at a distance.
Trying Their Luck
The firefighters took it upon themselves to ensure that the kits were returned to where they were picked up, but with a safer environment. They were careful not to stay too close so as not to scare the mother away. They also had to cultivate patience.
The firefighters hoped that the mother would return to pick up her kits. They were also aware that foxes like to move at night when fewer people were moving, and there was less noise too. So they waited in the dark hoping that they see the reunion of the mother and her kits.
A Failed Mission
The firefighters were patient to spend numerous nights waiting for the mother of the pups to show up. After several nights, the team members ran out of patience as they still saw no sign of the mother. Several thoughts crossed their minds as they began to think, perhaps the mother had been killed.
Moving forward, the firefighters took the kits away from the sewer to an animal care center, a place they were sure would welcome the baby foxes and tend to them as if they were in the wild. The Animal Clinic of Woodland Park was the place that welcomed the kits.
A Lesson and Knowledge for Everyone
With all that happened, a lot of people would think this short story is a funny one considering the mistaken identity of the kits to be puppies. However, there are lessons to be learned from this story. The firefighters particularly would have learned quite a lot from this story. They had rescued a lot of animals in the past, but this one would linger in their memories.
For the Colorado firefighters, they were pleased that their job introduced them to wild animals, a scarce duty among firefighters. They also believed that this enlightenment should serve as a lesson to people who need to have a keen sense of their environment and creatures that habit them.
The Experts' View
The experts would say that finding kits in the urban settlement isn't totally a surprise; though, for the firemen, it was a huge surprise. Experts explained that for the foxes, they give birth during the cold winter, and that explained why the kits were found in a sewer.
Hoping For The Best
We can infer that their mother abandoned these kits for reasons best known to her. However, the lady and the firefighters helped to save the pups. With everyone's foresight and help, we believe these kits would have a fantastic future. By the way, with the knowledge the pups got from the clinic, we are sure they would do just fine in the wild.
Still Not The End
This story points something essential to us; when we see wild animals, especially the harmless, we don't have to allow our hormones to control us. These animals also want a home. The fast-growing suburban settlements are wiping out the natural habitats of these animals. And as such, we might stumble upon these animals once in a while. When we do, we must report straight away to experts to handle the situation.
It is no news that accidents are inevitable just like deaths, but then, when any happens, we shouldn't think we can handle them all by ourselves without considering the authorities first. This lesson is what the firefighters would want us to learn. There is a reason why these people are placed there; it is for inevitable situations like this that we cannot handle by ourselves. We hope you enjoyed reading this and have taken one or two valuable lessons from it. If you did, why not share it with your friends and family.