I wasn’t expecting to see the wild animal rescued in this video turn out to be a baby horse, but that’s exactly the animal these wonderful people saved from drowning.
The young wild filly had slipped down a river embankment and fallen into the raging waters of Trout Creek in Summerland, BC, Canada. The 6-month-old feral horse had probably been stuck in the ice-cold water for several hours when she was spotted by a woman while she was walking her dogs.
The woman immediately called O.A.T.S. Horse Rescue, who got together a team of volunteers to go help the drowning horse.
When O.A.T.S. volunteers arrived at the river, the filly was clinging to the rocks. She was exhausted and suffering from hypothermia.
The volunteers were joined by the Summerland Fire Deparatment and local RCMP. It was a difficult rescue as the rescuers had to battle the violent waters and slippery surfaces to get to the frightened horse. Not only that, but because the horse was wild, she was scared of human touch.
Eventually, they lassoed the horse and used a tarp and sheet of plywood like a stretcher to hoist her safely out of the water.
Although she got scraped up, thankfully her injuries are all superficial and will heal. The rescued filly has been aptly named River.
She’s currently recovering in foster care and when she is well enough she will be made available for adoption!
What an amazing group effort! I’m so glad River was saved and will be looked after from now on.
Watch her full rescue in the video below.