A California construction crew were deemed heroes after digging a path to freedom for a donkey stuck in a sinkhole.
The Desert Sun reported Thursday that Riverside County Department of Animal Services confirmed the animal was found in Reche Canyon north of Moreno Valley.
Agency spokesman John Welsh says a resident noticed the donkey’s head and neck peeking from underground.
Welsh says he believes the animal was grazing and walked over a spot of soil compromised by heavy rainfall Wednesday before falling into the crevice.
Welsh says a six-man crew from Temecula-based Inland Erosion Control Inc. was working nearby and went over reaching the scene before animal-control officers.
Welsh says the crew widen the hole, so the donkey could walk out.
Agency officials say the animal did not appear injured.