Horse in crossbow shooting saved by licks from pasture mates

A horse shot twice with a crossbow by unknown vandals survived after four fellow mares spent three hours taking turns — to lick the wound clean, The Sun reported Tuesday.

The 20-year-old horse, Zeta, was in critical condition after one of the arrows bounced off her rib, while another lodged an inch from her lung as she grazed in a field in the UK. Owner Jo Young, 39, said the four other horses saved Zeta’s life.

“It was really touching that when she was found the other horses in the field were nuzzling her for comfort and licking the wound,” Young said. “They kept the wound clean which would have prevented it from being infected by bacteria. It also helped to stem the blood flow.”

“There was definitely a herd instinct kicking in among the horses. They knew Zeta was in need and they rallied round to save her,” he said.

Witnesses saw a group of teenage boys running away from the field at the time of the attack.

The police and RSPCA launched an investigation into the shooting.

Source: TheSun (UK)

4 thoughts on “Horse in crossbow shooting saved by licks from pasture mates”

  1. Great story about the horses caring for one another, love that.

    As for the idiots who shot the arrows, there should be zero tolerance. Not only is it a lack of respect for life, but also disrespects what another person works for. These kinds of acts, I hate. If it were up to me, there would be consequences for these acts.


  2. I absolutely agree with Jane and Linda! No one can tell me that animals don’t have emotions like humans have!!!!!!!!! As for the idiots who committed this act of cruelty against one of Gods creatures, karma is a @#$%&!


  3. Another example of the intelligence of horses that they recognized and and found a way to remedy a dangerous situation, both physically and emotionally.


  4. This is so endearing. That’s what animals are all about….love and care for others. Humans could learn a lesson or to from their four legged friends!


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