A brave black mare in Ireland has led a dozen horses to safety across a swollen river’s flood plain.
The horses were trapped in floodwaters from the River Slaney at Enniscorthy, which burst its banks in County Wexford, after heavy rain across the region.
The Facebook pages of charities in the region reported several groups of trapped horses, with rescue personnel monitoring the stranded animals and carrying out rescues when conditions were deemed safe.
However, in this case, the horses found their own way to safety.
South East Animal Rescue reported on Facebook how the mare led the horses to safety.
“One brave horse led the rest to safety, it was incredible,” the charity reported.
“That black mare saved all those horses.
“They had been stranded on a bit of high ground for hours, nobody able to get to them.
“She very carefully led them one way and another through the water till she found the best route. What a clever, clever lady.
“All the horses also waited for the one at the back who was obviously limping.”
Friends of the Wexford SPCA and South East Animal Rescue on Facebook voiced their concern about the grazing of horses in and around floodprone areas beside the river at this time of year.
The Wexford group commented on the rescue: “Safe at last … until the next time.”