Animal rescuers do everything in their power to save creatures in need. However, they sometimes are forced to give up on saving the animal when conditions are too dangerous or they are too sick to respond to treatment.
When rescuers from Idaho heard about two horses stranded on a remote mountain, they were determined to help. However, the horses were stuck more than 7,500 feet up Boulder Mountain in such deep snow that they were struggling to walk and no vehicles besides snowmobiles could navigate the terrain.
With no way to get the horses down the mountain in such deep snow, the group of volunteers from Idaho Horse Rescue and the Valley County Sheriff’s Office feared they’d have to leave the stranded horses to die. Thankfully, members of the community made large donations to go toward the rescue effort, which allowed them to get a helicopter to airlift one of the horses to safety.
“He’s is poor condition, he definitely wouldn’t have lasted another week or even a few days.” IHR spokesman Robert Bruno said. “We pulled a rabbit out of our hats on this one. It was a miracle.” The brown horse is expected to make a full recovery, but the other horse has unfortunately gone missing yet the team is still searching for it so they can airlift it so safety as well.
“Pilots have flown over the top of them, however, there was a period of time where nobody was able to check on them due to weather conditions which made it impossible to fly,” the sheriff’s office said. “The brown horse has been sighted several times and we can not confirm that the white horse is deceased, he may be down in the trees, as that is where he was when we made contact with them last Sunday.”
Watch the amazing moment these stranded horses were airlifted to safety.
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