Horses being rescued from ice: Courtesy of Daily Mail
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Ottawa, Apr 18 (Canadian-Media): Fire Department Rescuers in Grande Prairie, Alberta cut paths to the shore with chainsaws to rescue the struggling 10 horses who had fallen through frozen dugout on a rural property of northwestern Alberta on Sunday April 16, media reports said.
Trevor Grant, the County of Grande Prairie's fire chief said only their heads could be seen above the open patches of water that surrounded them and said, "It was pretty overwhelming having that sheer number of horses in need," CBCNews reports said.
Firefighters wearing yellow suits and safety tethers to connect to the shore were armed with chainsaws and other equipment as they embarked onto the ice to try to help the animals.
In total, 35 firefighters helped in the rescue, which lasted nearly two hours.
"They were able to cut pathways in the ice to get the horses out to the shoreline. And then they used some specialized rigging such as slings to assist the horses out and onto the shore.''
The rescuers were able to save only seven horses while the rest three succumbed to injuries and exhaustion.
The seven rescued horses were taken to veterinarian, who told Grant the survivors were doing well.
Although the animals, being rodeo broncs, were not as calm as regular horses said Grant, but still they behaved well and Grant believed the needy horses understood that the rescuers were there to help them.
Some of the firefighters were specially trained to rescue large animals, like horses and livestock stuck in mud, fall down slopes, or fall though ice, said Grant.
Some of the animals were able to walk out and others were lifted to safety with special rigging.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) did not say Monday if investigation was in progress.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)