Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service received a call in late October this year from the owner of two puppies that had got themselves into a bit of a tight spot.
When the team arrived at the Sunhill Road property just after 5pm local time, the owner rushed down to meet them. She explained that two of her puppies had escaped the safety of the house and had been lost down a rabbit hole.
Inspection of the hole revealed it to be around six feet deep, and with a width of no more than a basketball.
Capt. Gail DeJarnett told AL.com that several attempts to physically access the hole to reach the puppies had been unsuccessful.
Facing the imminent collapse of the burrow, and an untimely burial of two young dogs, Capt. DeJarnett opted to use a grappling tool to drag the dogs back to safety.
The rescue took less than an hour to complete, and the lucky pups have since been reunited with their owner.
Beware the burrow
Rabbit holes are a hazard for dogs, especially of breeds such as terriers which have for centuries been bred to instinctively burrow. Some rabbit holes have been found to be 15 feet deep or more, depending on the type of ground in which they are formed.
Fox dens (called ‘earths’) are just as deep and pose as much of a hazard to pet dogs. In the UK there are thought to be as many as 430,000 foxes, equating to over 100,000 earths.