Horses rescued from floods in Chelmsford

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It is not just the human inhabitants of the UK that have felt the effects of the recent floods, but the horses too.

A group of eight equines had to be rescued from fields next to the River Chelmer in Chelmsford as the waters rose and took over the surrounding area.

The operation took two days and involved both fire fighters and the RSPCA, who waded through the flood waters to round the animals up and into a corral to be loaded onto a horsebox.

Inspector Nicky Thorne of the RSPCA said: "In one place the horses had to go through a ditch where the water was deeper and they had to swim a few steps but despite being a bit wet they were none the worse for their experience."

The horses are now in a drier location, but their owner is unsure when the flooding will subside and they will be able to return to their field.

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