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People See A Scared Little Animal Stuck At The Bottom Of A Mineshaft

They saved his life and named him Louie ๐Ÿ’œ

Manfred Zabinskas, cofounder of Five Freedoms Animal Rescue (FFAR), is rather accustomed to rescuing animals from strange situations

Just recently, Zabinskas went down into a mineshaft because a little face was peering up out of it. He managed to sedate and carry a kangaroo back onto solid ground.

Wallaby fallen down mineshaft in Australia
FFAR

And so when another call came in earlier this month about an animal stuck at the bottom of another mineshaft, Zabinskas expected he would have to go it alone.

Thankfully, this time was a bit different. 

Rescuers saving wallaby down mineshaft
FFAR

When Zabinskas arrived at the mineshaft in Invermay, Victoria, Australia, he had help. And the small wallaby stuck down at the bottom needed all the help he could get. 

Six firemen and emergency services workers were there to help the little guy, who came to be named Louie.

Rescuers saving wallaby down mineshaft
FFAR

"A host of personnel from Creswick and Ballarat took charge of the incident and conducted the rescue of the animal with military precision," Zabinskas wrote on the FFAR Facebook page. "It was a relief to be able to leave my climbing equipment in the van and watch a very professional and efficient operation."

Rescuers saving wallaby down mineshaft
FFAR

Louie had a whole community of people determined to save his life. And when he finally surfaced, rescuers realized that they arrived not a moment too early.

Rescuers saving wallaby down mineshaft
FFAR

"The rescue was a complete success," Zabinskas wrote, as he and Helen Zabinskas attended to their new patient. 

Rescuers saving wallaby down mineshaft
FFAR

Louie was very weak and had probably been stuck down in the shaft for a while: He was totally covered in maggots.

Rescuers saving wallaby down mineshaft
FFAR

The little wallaby received first aid care on the scene before being driven to Hepburn Vet Clinic for an examination and to get cleaned up. 

"He initially received IV fluids and various treatments and he is now eating and drinking well," Manfred Zabinskas told The Dodo.

Rescuers saving wallaby down mineshaft
FFAR

It took hours to get the maggots off of Louie, but soon he was resting up at FFAR. 

Wallaby saved after falling down mineshaft
FFAR

Helen Zabinskas held Louie in her arms while giving him a bottle, helping to build up Louie's strength. 

Rescuers saving wallaby down mineshaft
FFAR

"Aside from the usual exhaustion and dehydration, the little boy appears OK," Manfred Zabinskas wrote on Facebook.

Wallaby saved from mineshaft
FFAR

But there's no reason to rush Louie's recovery. His rescuers want to make sure he's as strong as possible before he's out on his own again.

"The wallaby will be in care at our shelter for a while," Manfred Zabinskas said. "Our hope is that he will recover fully after which we will take him back home to the area where he was found."

You can help FFAR save more needy animals like Louie by making a donation