Horses Die Of Thirst In Australia Heat Wave
The extreme temperature conditions have left wild horses in Australia in terrible states.
A number of horses bodies were found in a dried-up water hole in Australia following their mammoth heat wave.
In Northen Australia, one man called Ralph Turner arrived at the deep water hole where he usually took his daily swim, about 12 miles from the remote Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) community in Australia's Northern Territory.
When he arrived he couldn’t believe what he was seeing, the large 330-foot water hole had dried up and was covered in the bodies of dead horses.
Turner said: "I just couldn't believe it. I'd never seen anything like it. I didn't stop to count but there were lots and lots of them. It was devastating, I just can't stop thinking of how they died, desperate for water in this heat wave. The horses used to be good and strong a couple of years ago."
A media spokesperson for the local Aboriginal community, Rohan Smyth, said that it appears the animals went looking for water and had no success, leaving them with nowhere else to go.
"People in the local community take care of the feral horses. They are very concerned about the local wild animals' welfare."
The Central Land Council said in a statement released on Thursday that they had to put down more than 50 horses that were found near to the water hole because they were so close to death.
"Horses and other feral animals are dying of thirst and hunger because many reliable water sources, such as Apwerte Uyerreme, have dried up in the current heatwave and areas overpopulated by feral animals suffer erosion and vegetation loss,"
They also said they are planning to euthanize a further 120 camels, horses and donkeys dying from thirst in another remote community.