Wild­fire in fi­nal days

The last of the Brooms Head brumbies ‘is in in­suf­fer­able pain’

The Northern Star - - NEWS - LESLEY APPS [email protected]­lyex­am­iner.com.au

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.”

Photo: Steve Ot­ton

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.

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