Loose bull ends up in a swimming pool

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 12:04pm

We've got some un-bull-lievable video for you, a runaway bull ended up in a very unlikely place, Robert Price shows us video of the lively livestock rescue.

A scene neighbors called, unbelievable, "He's pretty upset in the trailer right now."

The conditions, uncomfortable, Dottie Bierschwale, "It's exhausted I'm sure...It's been in there since, what, ten?"

A sight, most memorable, "I don't know who had the cattle, but apparently one of them got into the pool."

It was early morning when Dottie Bierschwale first spotted about a half dozen cows and bulls roaming her neighborhood on the Southeast side near Salado Creek.

Animal care services say they got loose from a nearby property, eventually finding their way into her family's back yard.

Dottie Bierschwale, "They wound up trying to start to move and then i guess they couldn't tell that the pool was covered, and one fell in."

Bierschwale had  a bull in the deep end of her pool, Walter Yates, Battalion Chief, San Antonio Fire Dept., "Got tired, couldn't get out."

Soon police and ACS showed up and quickly realized they didn't have the manpower or equipment to get it out

Walter Yates, "Well, I've never pulled a bull out of a pool. I've pulled a couple of donkeys out of a well."

That's when the fire department's 'Technical Rescue Team' came to the rescue.

They provided us with these photos and cell phone video of the operation, Walter Yates, "The problem at that point is you have an unruly animal and you've got to keep from getting kicked and that kind of stuff."

Finally, after a few minutes, the bull was out

Dottie Bierschwale, "Probably about 20 of them they just wound up lifting it out with boards."

Walter Yates, "Hooking the different pulleys and haul systems together to give us the mechanical advantage to pull the animal out."

Once out of the water, the city's chief veterinarian treated the bull for hypothermia.

As for getting him into the trailer, once again, a team effort, Walter Yates, "These guys are pretty experienced, most of them are country boys, but, we got him out and he's safe to go home."

ACS says, the owner of this livestock received multiple citations and may also get a bill.

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