Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Kindness Of Strangers - JENNY FAR­THING

I have had my horse, Gabriel, a fouryear-old An­dalu­sian geld­ing, for about a year. He loves his pad­dock buddy, Rimi, and both horses are also very fond of car­rots.

Early one Novem­ber af­ter­noon, I walked into their pad­dock and no­ticed that Rimi was near the gate but Gabriel was right down at the back of the pad­dock. I im­me­di­ately sus­pected that some­thing was wrong. I called him but he stayed put, watch­ing me steadily, which was another sign that some­thing was up. He knows that I al­ways bring them car­rots and usu­ally walks straight up to me as soon as he sees me.

As I got closer I saw a young, male kan­ga­roo ly­ing un­der a tree right be­side Gabriel. Once I got closer to the kan­ga­roo I saw that he had a badly bro­ken back leg. Only when I had checked out the kan­ga­roo did Gabriel ap­proach me for his car­rot.

I phoned the wildlife res­cue ser­vice who came and as­sessed the kan­ga­roo. Un­for­tu­nately, the kan­ga­roo had to be put down as his leg was too badly dam­aged to be re­paired.

Clearly, Gabriel had stayed with the in­jured kan­ga­roo to alert me that it needed help.

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