This case of animal ruthlessness is devastating, but the good news is, there is a pleased ending. In Romania, wild horses are shackled by their front or back legs to keep them from escaping. While doing so, the animals suffer uncomfortable cuts and injuries. When a vet with the company Four Paws International actioned in to rescue the animals, he got a surprising thank you curtsy.
A video showing the psychological moment when Ovidiu Rosu had the ability to approach the horse and construct trust, before releasing him from his chains, went viral ... but it was the horse's reaction that was so moving.
The horse was at first nervous, naturally, however Rosu took his time and the effort was not lost on the grateful animal. Provided their suspect of people and bad condition, horses attempted to escape, but once totally free, Rosu was approached by one of the horses, who seemed to thank him for being so kind. The horse is seen touching his nose to Rosu's nose to show his thankfulness and the minute is stunning.
The Good News Is, 4 Paws International have actually been doing this animal rescue work for years. The video notes, regretfully, that this is "a typical practice in parts of Romania ... to join the front or hind legs of horses with chains."
The site Animal Channel even more describes the story behind these animals, keeping in mind: "These horses were first brought to Romania around 300 to 400 years ago by the Tatars. The Tatars left many horses behind, and they started to roam easily through the location. Lots of horses were also released in 1989, after the agricultural cooperatives in the area broke apart. This caused a big population boom-- by 2010, there were as many as 1,500 horses living in the Danube Delta."
The site more discussed how the horses concerned the Letea Forest looking for food, including bark and plants and "Environmentalists and authorities in the location needed to manage the horse population, so they decided to eliminate the horses."
Four Paws International had actually assisted before the authorities took these extreme steps, wanting to rather find other ways to manage birth rates with contraceptives and keep the population manageable. Their efforts succeeded, as a 2017 aerial census found there were less than 500 horses in the Letea Forest.
The organization also immunizes the horses and offers alternative food materials of alfalfa in the winter season.
Among those who shared comments on the video on social media was someone who noted: "Unfortunately, this country treats their animals badly. The shelters kill them in dreadful, vicious ways. The number of animals, particularly packs of pet dog, that are homeless on the streets and rail thin is remarkable. They were passing a decision when I was visiting to kill all the ferrel pets ... 1000's of them. All countries including our own are guilty of doing terrible things to beautiful animals, but Romania wins here for barbaric, terrible practices."
Another commenter agreed, sharing: "Regrettably, in our nation, the penalties are not hard adequate for the ones who torture animals. Thank you for helping the animals that can't defend themselves versus harsh human beings."