The Bomb Proof Horse

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After New York city officials thanked the police and fire services for preventing the bomb in Times Square going off – there was someone else left to say a big thank you to – Miggs the brave and bomb proof horse.

Miggs, the loyal steed of mounted officer Wayne Rhatigan, who began the evacuation of the tourist haven after a T-shirt vendor alerted him to the smoking Nissan Pathfinder packed with explosives, was honored with carrots, apples and a variety of cupcakes for his role in the effort. Rhatigan said, “He’s proven to be a bomb-proof horse,” he said, as stocky 15-year-old Miggs lapped up two carrots leaving a trail of orange foam around his mouth. “His regular food is grains and carrots,” said Rhatigan. “But he loves cupcakes and pizza.” Rhatigan joked he might have to put Miggs on a diet after his feast, but he said the treats were well-deserved.

Miggs was named after a fallen Staten Island police officer. Rhatigan a police officer of 20 years has rode Miggs for the entire five years he’s been in the mounted unit. “He is nice and mellow,” said Rhatigan, beaming with Miggs standing by his side. “He’s the only one I want to work with.”


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