ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – “I’ve spent 22 years as a firefighter and this was something I never had to do in my life, rescue a goat.”
Jason Beam and his team had an unusual call Monday evening. Beam is Albertville’s Assistant Fire Chief and said they got a call for help from a family on Rice Mill Chaviers Road.
A family’s two goats had escaped from their pen and somehow wandered onto a bluff. The goats’ owners tried to coax “Billy Bob” and “Sissy” back to safety with food, but they were being stubborn. We can’t blame them — it’s their nature!
Neighbors also tried to help. The goats were just above Drum Creek, a popular swimming hole, according to Jamie Otinger. He and a family member tried to help them to safety.
“They were getting tired. We called the fire department for help and they decided yeah, they needed to get them off of there,” said Otinger.
If they fell off, they were also at risk of drowning.
“We usually don’t do livestock rescue, but we couldn’t get in touch with any of the animal control guys,” said Beam. “This was on a 30-foot bank, with a 30-foot swimming hole under it. That’s the reason we got involved.”
Firefighters used a modified rope rescue technique to bring the goats to safety.