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Horse rescued after sinking up to its head in Welsh bog

An RSPCA rescue crew was summoned to Anglesey, Wales, to rescue a horse named Farrah that wandered into a bog and sank up to her neck in the mud. Photo courtesy of the RSPCSA
An RSPCA rescue crew was summoned to Anglesey, Wales, to rescue a horse named Farrah that wandered into a bog and sank up to her neck in the mud. Photo courtesy of the RSPCSA

Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Animal rescuers in Wales assisted a hose that escaped from a grazing area and ended up submerged up to her head in a deep bog.

The RSPCA said a rescue crew responded to a call for help from the owner of the animal, who said the horse had escaped from her grazing area in Anglesey and wandered into a bog, where the equine sank up to her head in the muddy swamp.

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RSPCA inspector Mark Roberts, a member of the rescue team, said the horse, named Farrah, most likely wasn't even touching the bottom of the swamp with her hooves.

"The area around the horse was a thick mat of moss, reeds and roots, as well as mud, so we had to force our arms as far as we could to get two straps around the horse's body. This was the hardest and most time consuming part of the rescue," Roberts said.

The rescue team said the straps around the horse's body were connected to a front loader owned by a local contractor, and Farrah was pulled onto a sheet placed nearby.

The sheet was then towed nearly 100 feet to solid ground.

Farrah was then examined by a veterinarian.

"Miraculously her core temperature was normal as she had been wearing two rugs, which probably saved her life and stopped hypothermia from setting in," Roberts said.

"The horse was on her feet in 10 minutes after getting unstrapped, so we're very hopeful she will be OK. She was dried off, given pain relief and stabled overnight."

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