LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Nye County Sheriff’s Office and Beatty Fire personnel were able to rescue a wild donkey (also known as a burro) that had become trapped in a hole inside a mine outside of the ghost town of Rhyolite.

It appeared the burro had wandered into the open mine and in the dark fallen into the 10-foot-deep hole. The mine was near the top of a hill and could not be accessed by vehicles. It was a hiker that made the discovery of the burro.

Nye County Sheriff’s Office and Beatty Fire personnel save a burro stuck in a mine. (Image: NCSO)

Rescue crews were able to hike to the site with recovery gear and were able to put a rope around the animal, turn it around, and lift it from the hole.

By 6 p.m. Thursday the burro was outside of the mine and ran off into the wilderness.

Nye County Sheriff’s Office and Beatty Fire personnel save a burro stuck in a mine. (Image: NCSO)

Authorities said the mine will be blocked off so that another animal or person doesn’t get trapped inside.