Fortunately, there are people in the world who are willing to step up and stand for the welfare of animals. Ovidiu Rosu, a veterinarian and an active member of an animal welfare organization called Four Paws International, is the perfect example of a person who cannot bear to see animals suffering.
Known for its beautiful landscapes, mystifying castles, and genius invention of what we know today as Insulin, Romania is truly a wonderful country. Sadly, just like the rest of countries in the world, it has its own share of injustices against animals.
For instance, the practice of chaining the front or hind legs of horses together is nothing new to the people of Romania. Although the practice of chaining their legs keep them from running away, these chains are painful for the horses because of its weight and its tendency to cut through their skins.
According to Animal sites, horses stepped in the lands of Romania around 300-400 years ago by the Tatars. The Tatars left the horses behind who began to multiply in numbers. These horses were set free in the year 1989 which led to their booming population. They multiplied in number so much that by the year 2010 there were as many as 1,500 horses in the Danube Delta.
When the population of horses in Romania got out of hand, they began entering protected forests to find food. Fearing that an imbalance in the ecosystem will occur, environmentalists and authorities needed to control the horse’s population. Thus, violence and abuse for horses in Romania is nothing new anymore.
When Rosu passed by a horse with chained legs, he cannot let himself leave without doing something for the poor horse. Feeling for the pitiful horse, he decided to set the galloping animal free.
But because the horse had been chained for so long, it was not receptive to Rosu’s initial help. The horse tried to move away from the compassionate veterinarian. Fortunately, Rosu was determined to help the poor horse. After a few attempts, the horse finally warmed up to him. It stopped from moving away from Rosu and let him cut the chains off his front legs.
While the recently freed horse was recovering, another horse moved closer to the compassionate veterinarian. Perhaps, in an attempt to extend their gratitude, the horse touched noses with Rosu- a gesture of gratitude that he wouldn’t forget for the rest of his life.
The touching incident between Rosu and the freed horse is not the first time that a member of the Four Paws International helped fight for the horses of Romania. In fact, because of this noble organization, they were able to stop the environmentalists’ decision to kill the horses to suppress their population.
Instead, the staff and volunteers of Four Paws International provided contraceptives to mares in order to control their population.
Without Rosu and the rest of the staff of Four Paws International, it sure is hard to imagine what could have happened to the innocent horses of Romania. Fortunately, there are still people in the world who are not afraid to take responsibility for their safety and protection.
Watch the touching video below and witness the heartwarming gesture of gratitude of the poor wild horse towards the man who saved their kind. Kudos to Rosu and the all of the people behind Four Paws International. Hopefully their act of kindness and mercy towards the abused animals inspire us to do the same.
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