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Australia’s Gympie floods: horses and cattle rescued after 10 hours dipped in water

As much as 650 millimeters of rain fell in parts around Gympie, Australia, over the weekend, and horse owners and farmers are both counting their losses and celebrating stories of survival. It happens all the time with floods and fires, and everyone just comes together. It’s the Aussie spirit.

The secretary of the Tansey Present Society, Julie Cunningham, said it had been a terrible few days with many horses stuck on the show grounds.

Julie said, “It came down so quickly that no one was ready for it, there are a lot of deaths in every single place in the district.” It is very bad.

There are a lot of horses that aren’t used on the grounds. It was a moment of happiness when a polo stallion was found after swimming all night.

There are some good news stories and a stallion that survived against all odds in the midst of all the heartache.

Three of the horses were delivered to the polo man on Friday night, in an effort to save as many stallions as possible, he spent the night in one of the several yards. In his mind, he feared he had lost him.

Rescued on Saturday morning, the person thought he had lost everything until the stallion was found alive in the yard.

That’s what Julie said: “been treading water for most likely 10 hours and fairly properly you recognize, he was nonetheless in good spirits that horse and doing properly, they don’t seem to be solely your greatest mate, they’re your loved ones, so while you lose one it’s heart-wrenching.”

There are many stories of people in Tansey who have been able to make it through even the most impossible things that have happened to them.

A broodmare was reunited with its owner, Emma Hafey, after people took it to the showgrounds and swam with it.

“We had some buddies locally that really swum as much as chest top [in water] to save lots of her and get her off the verandah and convey it again house.”

Many horses were found on Saturday morning after swimming all night. A Brisbane family of four says they and five other people were able to get through rising floodwaters by tying their tinny to an electricity pole in the middle of the night.

One colt was found by the river, but there were no signs of its mother or owner.

Emma has put the young horse next to her brood mare.

Emma said: “We’re hoping that she’ll settle for him and be his mum now, they’re clearly very robust animals as a result of we have discovered some a great distance from the place they had been. They’ve gone by way of quite a bit and for a few of them, they’ve come out excellent on the opposite finish.”

Cows were swept away 10 km by the flood.

Even though they’ve been through a lot, the Emma family has helped return lost cattle to Alex and Robyn Barsby. Their cattle farm is in Tansey. They were shocked to get 406mm of rain in just a few hours.

Robyn said, “We had about 120 head, that is cows and weaner calves lacking, however we have got fairly just a few cows again however not numerous calves, simply completely astronomical. My husband was saying that when he went down the flat there at one stage there have been waves six foot excessive of the frenzy of the water.”

It wasn’t until the sun came up that the couple realized how much water had flooded their home. A few of their cattle have been found alive seven to 10 kilometers down the river.

Robyn recalled: “We have got a pair within the yard. One’s received pneumonia and one’s received a cooked shoulder however most of them are fairly good, cattle are superb. They get within the floodwater they usually simply drift you recognize, so fortunately they have not been caught up in fences or caught up in bushes.”

For Robyn, the silver lining has been seeing the neighborhood work together to restore the area, people who came from Brisbane meant a lot to her.

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