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!
The story is from a few years ago, but it's no less touching to hear now. The Netherlands, which has an elevation below sea level, was surprised with a heavy storm. Sadly, a large herd of horses was stranded on what effectively became an island because of the heavy rainwater. As USA Today reported, there were about 100 of them.
Fire department officials attempted a rescue on boats and were able to save 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 three days, 19 of the horses died from drowning and heat exposure. The situation was getting desperate.
Luckily, rescue workers devised a plan. They created a pathway with submerged stakes lined with chains, and a small group of women on horseback led the way, Your Daily Dish reports.
Thankfully, they were able to successfully herd all 100 horses off the island, through the difficult waters and onto land. Only one horse was too afraid to go, and he was rescued later by boat and made a full recovery.
Thanks to those brave and dedicated people, countless lives were saved.
What an incredible story! Don't forget to share this with your friends and family, and be sure to watch the video--seeing the horses in action is breathtaking.