Quick-thinking zanjero

Daily inspection turns into successful rescue situation

A Valley man could have lost his life if not for the quick actions of a zanjero going about his daily patrol.

Around 6 a.m. June 3, Zanjero John Calhoun was doing his usual inspection of the canal system when he stopped to check a header ditch at 12th Street and Turney Avenue in Phoenix.

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Otterly unusual find

SRP employees rescue baby otter from Arizona Canal

You’ve probably heard about the occasional cat on a power pole or a bird nesting on not-so-safe infrastructure, but we’ve got a new one for you: an otter in a canal.

Three SRP crew members, Craig Boggs, Dave Massie and Joshua Shill, were working on a road by the Arizona Canal last month north of Mesa when they noticed a 4-week-old otter struggling to get out of the drying canal. The otter was too small to use the steps that horses and other animals use to get out of the canal if they fall in, so the crew stepped in.

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