MOSCOW, March 12 (RIA Novosti) - An unusually short
pony has prompted numerous attempts to rescue the horse in
Hampshire, England, because people thought it was knee deep in
mud, English media reported.
Passers-by have called the emergency services four times
to tell the fire brigade that a horse needs help. Each time it
turned out that Mayflower, a cross-breed between a Shetland and
a New Forest pony described as "a sausage-dog horse," was just
grazing on its favorite spot.
Anton Phillips, an animal rescue specialist for the local
fire service, said the short-legged Mayflower is half the
height of the ponies grazing nearby, and from a long distance
it would really seem the horse is stuck in salt marshes.
"We have been called out several times for the animal now
and it is getting a bit ridiculous," he said. "These calls from
the public are with good intent. When viewed at long range,
this pony looks like it is trapped."
The pony owner is said to be intending to set special
signs around the place to inform passers-by that the animal is
not in danger.