In Maple Grove, Minnesota, first responders were able to rescue a very lucky horse after she accidentally ran onto thin ice near Elm Creek Park Reserve.
According to the Facebook page of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, the horse named Lakira just wasn’t thinking where she went “ahoofing.” Moments after the sheriff’s office tweeted about the emergency, police officers, firefighters and deputies gathered to help pull the thousand pound animal out of waist deep freezing water.
Fortunately, rescuers were able to attach a harness to her and slowly lead her to the safety of the shore. The owner said Lakira didn’t seem to be injured, but was going to have her checked by a veterinarian.
“So a horse falls through the ice… It’s not a joke, a horse really did fall through the ice yesterday,” the sheriff’s department tweeted. “But thanks to several police officers, firefighters and Sheriffs deputies the horse was rescued, uninjured!”
The sheriff’s department, happy for a positive ending with Lakira on Monday, did have a few words of warning to the residents of the “State of 10,000 Lakes.” As temperatures fluctuate so does the thickness of the ice; in some areas the ice can be a foot deep while just a few feet feet away can be only an inch or two. In addition, please keep your pets on leashes so they do not wander out into the ice – should that ever happen however – call the authorities and do not venture out on unsafe ice.
(Photos courtesy of Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota)
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