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Stranded horses rescued from flood waters

POSTED: 2:05 p.m. EST, November 3, 2006

MARRUM, Netherlands (AP) -- Rescuers on horseback lured a herd of about 100 horses off a mud-soaked knoll where they had been stranded for three days and led them through receding flood waters to safe ground Friday. Nineteen horses had drowned or died of exposure from the days and nights on the patch of earth that was turned into an island during a storm Tuesday night.

The plight of the horses has gripped the country after the storm surge pushed sea water into the wilderness area outside the dikes of Marrum, a town 145 kilometers (90 miles) northeast of Amsterdam. Four women on horseback guided the animals about 600 meters (650 yards) to higher ground, and the entire herd -- except one horse -- followed them back without hesitation. The animals cantered through the shallow water, and burst into a gallop as they reached solid land, apparently relieved at being able to stretch their legs.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe....ap/index.html

Hooray for the horsies!
 

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Gosh, those pictures are just awful. How scared those horses must have been...
 

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Apparently (source as yet unverified) they were meat horses and are being killed now, so really not as great as it sounds
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My husband (who is Dutch) told me last night that the Dutch papers said the horses would finally not be sold. Can't find a source to confirm this right now though.
 
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