Yonaguni horse rescued from stranded cargo ship after 11 days

Yonaguni horse rescued from stranded cargo ship after 11 days


November 23, 2013 Rie Higashihama Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

A one-and-a-half year-old Yonaguni horse was rescued safely from a freighter stranded on a reef near the northeastern part of Yonaguni Island in the afternoon of November 20. The horse had survived without eating or drinking for 11 days. On its way to Naha from Yonaguni Island, the freighter ran aground on November 10 and remains stuck on the reef. The horse was to be sold and was in transit in a container on the ship.

Although the inside of the container smelled very bad, the temperature was stable with no significant leaning or frequent vibration. Being fit and having been well fed before the ship left Yonaguni allowed the horse to survive.

Veterinarian Shunji Nakamoto who treated the horse said, “When we found the horse, it was thin, but I was relieved to see it stand by itself. I gave it an intravenous drip because it was dehydrated. After that, it went to sleep and woke up by itself. It seems to have an appetite. I’m monitoring its progress.”
The horse did not try to move away from the people who approached it.

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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