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Can't believe what I have just witnessed

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Patriciathestripper1 Wed 11-Jan-17 17:25:29

Ok I'm not going mad but this did happen:
Went over to my stables to show Dh where I wanted my outdoor security light putting.
Whilst he was up the ladder securing it to the side of the stables I started tying up hay nets and doing waters (we have two horses and my DD pony)
When I went into DD's pony's stable and whilst doing his net I heard something 'plop' into his water bucket (large builders rubble type bucket)
I went to look and it was a mouse that must have just fallen in (we find them sometimes in the horses buckets dead in the mornings but not very often)
I shouted for Dh to come quick. I'm not a wimpy sort but I didn't want to touch it but also didn't want it to drown.
My daughters pony went over to the bucket whilst I was standing in the stable door and looked down at the mouse and then to my utter amazement he pushed some of the straw up the side of his water bucket asthough he did it all the time so some of the straw went into the water and the mouse climbed out!
I have had horses all my life (parents had them so brought up with them) and I have never seen anything like that. One animal helping another from a different species?
My Dh thinks iabu and the pony didn't 'help' the mouse out of the bucket but I saw it with my own eyesangry so I know it happened.
After a lot of 'yes it did'. 'No it didn't' I tried to recreate it with my DD wind up fish which her pony promptly picked up out of the water bucket (I think he thought it was a treat I'd dropped in as she sometimes puts an apple in there for him to 'bob' to occupy him) and he bit and broke it hmm but I know he did it.

BillSykesDog Wed 11-Jan-17 17:26:57

That's really cool.

Northernlurker Wed 11-Jan-17 17:28:32

What a lovely pony!

TheSpottedZebra Wed 11-Jan-17 17:28:38

Awww! Once, my dog (a terrier, who used to LOVE to chase things), saw a massive rabbit. It froze in fear. For some reason, he decided not to chase the big, old rabbit but to defend it from 2 other dogs until it could get back under cover and away to safely. I truly believe that he meant to let that rabbit escape.

trollspoopglitter Wed 11-Jan-17 17:29:23

Sounds like the pony didn't want the mouse in his water bucket and was trying to drown it / cover it up. grin

RortyCrankle Wed 11-Jan-17 17:30:23

OMG that is amazing. I don't see why one species can't help another out - good on the horse smile

TheMortificadosDragon Wed 11-Jan-17 17:31:52

Maybe he doesn't like his water to taste mousy?

Clever pony anyway!

TitaniasCloset Wed 11-Jan-17 17:35:01

I believe you, I watch YouTube videos about this all the time, animals are so clever.

5000candlesinthewind Wed 11-Jan-17 17:36:35

How lovely! Well done Pony

Patriciathestripper1 Wed 11-Jan-17 17:37:32

He is a lovely pony, he always greets you with a whinny and when the horses are in the top field in the summer he waits for the school bus at the top of the field by the drive gates for DD and she walks down the field with him. He is like a big dog the way he follows her.

raspberrysuicide Wed 11-Jan-17 17:37:39

That's awesome what a clever pony x

CuddlesAndShit Wed 11-Jan-17 17:38:03

Oh that post has made me so happy smile

MollyHuaCha Wed 11-Jan-17 17:42:36

Can we have a photo of the hero of the piece please?

HelsBels5000 Wed 11-Jan-17 17:45:18

how amazing!

TitaniasCloset Wed 11-Jan-17 17:46:56

Yes we need a photo. Important to have a photo.

Olympiathequeen Wed 11-Jan-17 17:48:28

That's amazing. I think the pony just didn't want to drink water with a mouse quietly drowning in it but he may have been rescuing it!

Skang Wed 11-Jan-17 17:48:40

I'm sure the pony is lovely but I can't help but think he just wanted the mouse out!

Olympiathequeen Wed 11-Jan-17 17:48:48

Obviously happens frequently

MadMags Wed 11-Jan-17 17:49:16

This is lovely!

Can we have photos??

dailymaillazyjournos Wed 11-Jan-17 17:49:34

Ohmygoodness! That's amazing. What a hero!

Iceiceice Wed 11-Jan-17 17:49:50

I found a dead bird in my horses water and two of them wouldn't go near it the other tried to pick it up and launch it it was vile!

NavyandWhite Wed 11-Jan-17 17:50:57

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

NewPapaGuinea Wed 11-Jan-17 17:51:48

Have you never seen Flipper or Lassie? Animals are always saving humans grin

NassauBeach Wed 11-Jan-17 17:52:17

Oh how lovely! I thought this was going to be an upsetting thing like a mugging or car crash that you just witnessed. verrry pleasantly surprised!!!!

Troubleinstore Wed 11-Jan-17 17:54:50

Beautiful story ....this is deffo worth a Disney plot .... anyone?

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