It’s heartwarming to watch people help out injured animals.
No matter who you are–young, old, an animal-lover, or not–seeing an animal in distress is a difficult thing.
And unfortunately, it’s just a part of life.
Animals die every day in order to keep the balance within their respective ecosystems.
But not all animals have to die every day–some can be saved.
And that’s exactly what happened for one horse stuck in a swamp out in the Canadian wilderness.
When a few members of the group HAWS (Help Alberta Wildlife Society) found a wild horse stuck in a muddy pit, they jumped into action.
There was no telling how long the horse had been there, so they wanted to get her out as soon as possible.
Their first attempt at freeing her came by way of a lasso.
They didn’t put it around her neck for fear of hurting or scaring her, but simply laid it down behind her butt and tried to pull her free.
When that didn’t work, they figured that they needed to bring in some machinery.
Armed with a few straps and a couple of off-road vehicles, the group spent the better part of an hour trying to figure out ways in which they could drag the horse out of the pit without hurting her.
It was slow-going and required many stops and re-fittings.
Once they were able to nudge her closer to the edge of the pit towards the field, the horse used this as an opportunity to take a mouth full of grass.
Presumably it was the first thing that she had eaten since she fell into the hole.
When the group saw this, the decided to give her some hay that they had with them.
From then on, the horse seemed more concerned about munching on the hay than with her current life-threatening predicament.
The group was shocked by this.
They were quoted in Inspire More as saying, “We were totally amazed that with four humans and a whole bunch of straps and such working on her, the only real thing on her mind was eating.”
It sounds like the horse just had faith that the humans were going to successfully pull her to safety–so all she had to do was kick back and snack.
In the end, the group was able to get a strap low enough around her butt to pull her free with one of the vehicles.
Once she made it out, she was a little shaky on her legs but overall she seemed to be in good health.
According to the Help Alberta Wildies Society, “She appeared to be in pretty good shape overall, and would likely be dried off within the hour. Her band had left her behind but I think she will likely hook up soon.”
It’s nice to know that there are good people in this world doing what they can t0 help animals in need.
And remember that it doesn’t take a superhero to save a life.
You too can help struggling animals.
All you need is a little time, some determination, and a big heart.
And who knows, maybe one day you’ll be the one that’s pulling a horse to safety.
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While out looking for new foals on Wednesday, we were just on our way back out of the hills, with Barb and I, in the lead. Darla, had spotted a Wild Horse that we had missed and she was able to stop us and get us to come back. That is when we noticed this young Filly, stuck and 75% submerged in the muskeg.This 45 minute rescue is reduced to 11 min in the video, but you will be able to see how we went through various options until we came up with the right solution to get her free. We always carry lots of gear, and with the power of the winches, were able to pull her out. We were totally amazed that with four humans and a whole bunch of straps and such working on her, the only real thing on her mind was eating.Nancy and Barb, were big helps for sure, and Barb actually got down and dirty to get the strap under the Filly's tail. That hole was likely 5' or 6' deep and surrounded by ice. Clearly she just stepped in the wrong place with no idea that it was so deep.She appeared to be in pretty good shape overall, and would likely be dried off within the hour. Her band had left her behind but I think she will likely hook up soon.Darla, spotted this horse in peril, and has given her the name Faith. This was one very lucky little horse today. 5 min earlier, we left a dead yearling Filly, that had a bear on it.It sure is nice to win one for the team. Sorry about the video quality and wind noise. This is all iphone recording.
Posted by Help Alberta Wildies Society on Wednesday, May 6, 2020