Wildfire in final days
The last of the Brooms Head brumbies ‘is in insufferable pain’
THE declining health of Brooms Head’s famous brumby has seen him move into the care of professionals with the love and support of a community behind him.
An official veterinarian notice announcing what is expected to be the final days of the legendary brumby was released over the weekend.
He has been the subject of many heart-warming stories in The Northern Star’s sister paper The Daily Examiner, as they followed his journey from miracle young colt to the wise old watchman of Yuraygir National Park.
The veterinarian notice reads: “On Friday, our beloved Brooms Head brumby was assessed by his Grafton-based veterinarian and an inspector from the RSPCA. This inspection was triggered by community concerns.
“Since his last veterinary examination, the condition of the brumby has declined to the point where it is affecting his wellbeing. The horse is unable to move freely, and is spending a greater and greater portion of each day lying down. It was the opinion of the veterinarian and the RSPCA inspector, that the brumby is in insufferable pain.
“Despite all manner of community care, including twice daily feeding and pain medication, he is struggling to maintain his body condition, has developed a skin ailment and is less able to express normal equine behaviour. The limited treatment options for this wild horse have now been exhausted.
“With a heavy heart, the decision has been made to put his comfort and welfare above all other considerations. Together with community members and concerned residents an agreement was reached to balance the welfare of the brumby with community expectations.
“Soon, in a closed and private setting, Wildfire, the last of the Brooms Head brumbies, will become a well-cherished legend.
“May his memory live long in our hearts and minds.”
WILD ONE: Photographer and friend of the Brooms Head brumby Steve Otton’s beautiful photograph of the legendary horse which appeared on the cover of Clarence+ magazine in 2017.