Brazil: Horse rescued after stranded on roof for days

Firefighters, troops, and other volunteers participated in the rescue operation.
Brazil: Horse rescued after stranded on roof for days

A Brazilian horse called Caramelo by social media users, gained national fame after a television news chopper caught him stuck on a rooftop in southern Brazil, where catastrophic floods killed more than 100 people.

A team in Brazil's Rio Grande do Sul state successfully retrieved Caramelo on Thursday, about 24 hours after he was initially seen and with locals clamouring for his rescue.

The brown horse had been sitting on two narrow strips of slippery asbestos for days in Canoas, a city in the Porto Alegre metropolitan region that is one of the state's most devastated locations, with much of it cut off by floodwaters.

Firefighters and veterinarians climbed onto the mostly submerged roof, drugged and immobilised the horse, and then placed him on an inflatable raft—all 770 pounds of him.

Firefighters, troops, and other volunteers participated in the operation, which included four inflatable boats and four support vessels. Caramelo is currently healing at a university-affiliated veterinary hospital.

Video credit: Associated Press

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