In a heartbreaking incident, around two dozen carcasses of wild horses (including stallions, mares and foals) were found along a 100-meter stretch by a dried-up waterhole near the remote community of Santa Teresa in central Australia. It is unclear what caused the death of the animals, but locals believe that they may have died due to dehydration amid extreme heat conditions.
The area has baked from nearly two weeks of temperatures above 42 degrees Celsius (107.6 degrees Fahrenheit).
“The prospect of any living creatures perishing in this way has left many locals devastated. All feral animals need to be managed with effective strategies to minimize their impact on the environment and to alleviate any suffering,” said a Facebook post from the neighboring town of Alice Springs.
Artist Ralph Turner came across the shocking scene two weeks ago while investigating how the pool’s water levels were affected by the heat.