Get ready, because this is an amazing story of the resilience of animals and the kindness of human beings. If you needed your faith in humanity restored, this is the story to do it!
This story is from a few years ago, but it's no less touching to hear today. The Netherlands, which has an elevation below sea-level, was surprised with a heavy storm. Sadly, a large herd of horses were stranded on what effectively became an island because of the heavy rainwater. As USA Today reported, there were almost a hundred of them.
They attempted a rescue on boats, and were able to rescue about 20 of the smaller horses, but the receding water levels caused the boats to run aground. They had no choice but to wait.
Dedicated people stayed and ferried over food and hay to the poor stranded horses, but over the next 3 days, 19 of the horses died from drowning and heat exposure. The situation was getting desperate.
Luckily, they devised a plan. As National Geographic reports, they created a pathway with submerged stakes lined with chains, and four women on horseback led the way.
Thankfully, they were able to successfully herd all 100 horses off the island, through the difficult waters, and on to land. Only one horse was too afraid to go, and he was rescued by boat later and made a full recovery.
Thanks to those brave and dedicated people, countless lives were saved, and we're all better for it.
What an incredible story! Don't forget to share this with your friends and family, and make sure to watch the video - seeing the horses in action is breathtaking.