HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – Rescue teams from two different agencies scrambled to save a bull from drowning in a retention pond in Hillsborough County Friday morning.
Michael Collins was cutting grass near a retention pond on Madison Avenue when he heard some splashing around 10 a.m..
When he walked over, he was so shocked, he took out his phone and started shooting video.
It was a massive bull, trapped in the water, laying on its side. It was struggling to breathe.
“Come on! Get out of the water!” Collins can be heard yelling in the video.
The massive bull was completely helpless and alone. The owner later said it appeared the bull slipped in. It’s around 20 years old; which is old for a bull.
So it was probably too weak to get back up.
Collins said, “It would come up for air for approximately 10 to 20 seconds and then go back under for at least another minute.”
When he called for help, several deputies responded, but only Hillsborough County Deputy Christina Ammons jumped into the water, because the situation was getting worse.
“I saw big nostrils going underwater and staying underwater, and water blowing out,” she said.
The bull’s head easily weighed a couple hundred pounds, but Deputy Ammons kept him from going under.
Fellow deputies stood guard with rifles, looking out for alligators.
Ammons said, “You can only hope that the training you’ve been given and what’s deep down in your heart and soul will guide you through what you need to do”
She kept staring at the nearby road, hoping help would arrive.
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue crews showed up. Using a backboard, straps, and a wrench they pulled the bull out, three hours after it was initially spotted.
The bull, now nicknamed ‘Lucky,’ was shivering and his eyes were bloodshot. But he was alive. And that’s what matters.
Collins said, “If she wouldn’t have came out here to hold his head, that cow wouldn’t be here right now.”
“It feels like a good day,” said Ammons.