11 Jul '18, 7am

9-year-old horse saved from Japan floods captures hearts

KURASHIKI, Japan: A horse who survived deadly floods by swimming to a rooftop has captured hearts in Japan, as the country tries to recover from record rains that killed at least 179 people . Leaf, a nine-year-old horse who had been a pet at an elderly care home in the town of Kurashiki, spent three days stranded on top of a house before she was spotted by aid workers on Monday (Jul 9) as floodwaters receded. Advertisement Photos of the diminutive tan horse with a blonde mane standing forlornly on the rooftop appeared in local newspapers and made a splash on social media, providing a rare moment of levity after the country's worst weather-related disaster in over three decades. Relief workers "called the fire department asking for help to rescue her, but were told rescuers were tied up saving human lives," said Keiko Takahashi of humanitarian aid group Peace Winds Japan. H...

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