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Miniature horse rescued from Duxbury cranberry bog

The firefighters who jumped in to save the horse “were at least to chest level” inside the bog.
Duxbury Fire Department
The firefighters who jumped in to save the horse “were at least to chest level” inside the bog.

Coco, a 300-pound miniature horse, was rescued this morning after becoming stuck in a cranberry bog in Duxbury, fire officials said.

Firefighters responded to reports of a trapped animal on East Street at about 11:45 a.m. Upon arrival, rescuers found the horse several feet below ground level in a town-owned cranberry bog, according to Duxbury Fire Captain Rob Reardon.

The firefighters who jumped in to save the horse “were at least to chest level” inside the bog, Reardon said today in a telephone interview. Rescuers used a front-end loader to lift the horse, which cantered off by herself upon reaching solid ground, officials said.

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This was not the first horse rescue for Reardon, who says the area has a “fair amount” of horses.

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“We have members that are trained in large animal rescue,” he added.

A veterinarian also responded to the scene to assist in the rescue.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.