Rosy pink mis­take

Painted horse brings lev­ity to Bri­tish Columbia wild­fire fight

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

It’s def­i­nitely a horse of a different colour.

Pic­tures of Rosy, a white-and-brown mare mis­tak­enly painted neon pink by a teen in the Bri­tish Columbia In­te­rior, are pro­vid­ing some wel­come lev­ity to res­i­dents deal­ing with wild­fires.

Rosy ended up pink thanks to a prob­lem pretty much ev­ery par­ent can iden­tify with — a mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween a mom and her 15-year-old son.

Ja­cob Sharkey said his mother asked him to paint their phone num­ber on 19-year-old Rosy, who roams the fam­ily’s hobby farm in Likely, B.C., along with an­other horse. The idea was that if flames reached the prop­erty and Rosy needed to be re­leased, the num­ber could lead to her re­turn.

But Ja­cob missed the phone num­ber part.

“I thought she told me to just spray paint the en­tire horse to make it vis­i­ble, so that way, if we had to let them go, peo­ple could find them,” he re­called in an in­ter­view Tues­day.

It took about 20 min­utes for Ja­cob to coat Rosy, ears to tail, in a layer of non­toxic spray paint.

“Just bright pink. Bright. Oh my God.” Ja­cob said Rosy didn’t seem to mind her new colour.

“She’s old so she doesn’t re­ally give a (care) about any­thing any­more other than just eat­ing,” he joked. “She’s a very ex­pen­sive lawn or­na­ment.”

The wild­fires have stayed away from the fam­ily’s prop­erty so far and Ja­cob said he knows crews are do­ing ev­ery­thing they can to keep it that way.

While the pic­tures of Rosy and her story have cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia, Ja­cob said he’s been try­ing to cor­rect his mis­take.

“I’ve still got to go down and scrub the rest of it off.”

PHOTO SUB­MIT­TED TO CANA­DIAN PRESS BY CINDY ROD­DICK

Pic­tures of Rosy, a white-and-brown mare mis­tak­enly painted neon pink by a teen in the Bri­tish Columbia In­te­rior, are pro­vid­ing some wel­come lev­ity to res­i­dents deal­ing with wild­fires.

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