Uttarakhand: Mule rescued after 27 days in a daring operation

Updated: July 17, 2013 09:59 IST

A mule, stuck in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand for 27 days without food or drinking water, was rescued in a heroic one-of-a-kind operation on Tuesday.

Uttarakhand: Mule rescued after 27 days in a daring operation
A mule, stuck in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand for 27 days without food or drinking water, was rescued in a heroic one-of-a-kind operation on Tuesday.
Uttarakhand: Mule rescued after 27 days in a daring operation
It took a colossal effort from a civilian pilot, Captain Bhupinder, and his team to pull off a miraculous rescue. Captain Bhupinder, along with Captain Angad, not only flew to the dangerous flyzone in Sonprayag but was able to land his aircraft near the river.
Uttarakhand: Mule rescued after 27 days in a daring operation
Earlier, it was planned that the mule would be airlifted but due to unavailability of sufficient safety equipment, the team moved to Plan B.
Uttarakhand: Mule rescued after 27 days in a daring operation
Vets accompanying the rescue team sedated the mule, tied its legs and then blindfolded it. Captain Bhupinder pushed back all the seats. The animal was then carried inside the aircraft.
Uttarakhand: Mule rescued after 27 days in a daring operation
The nerve-wracking 28-km journey was completed successfully, and the mule, now named "Hope", is recovering in a hospital in Guptkashi.

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