For five days, the Gré manade in Aigues-Mortes has looked like a makeshift hospital. Their horses were poisoned with Adonis, a very poisonous plant that was found in a hay bale. 12 of them died. To save others, solidarity and mutual aid were immediate.
On a makeshift bed in the middle of the boxes, Diana Gré, owner of the herd that bears her name, no longer knows whether she is laughing or crying: “Sorry, it’s the nerves that let go”. In six days, she hasn’t slept much. At the start of the week, a few horses fell ill. Various symptoms. A first horse dies, then a second and another. In all, 12 of their animals died from poisoning.
The veterinarian announces the verdict: poisoning with Adonis, a very toxic plant. She was in a hay bale from which almost all the horses ate.
Aurélie came with her daughter Lydia: “I am very often here, my daughter loves horses so as soon as I saw the Facebook post, we decided to come, to lend our arms. It’s terrible what happens to them. . “
Like all the volunteers who have come to the manade since the tragedy, she has only one question: “How can I help?” Today, they will clean and fill the drinking troughs.
For 24 hours, the situation of the horses has stabilized. No death this Sunday, a small lull in the storm which gives Isabelle time to look back on these last days.
The mother of the owner still cannot believe it: “I received dozens and dozens of messages. People were bringing fly repellent, horse food, blankets because they had to sleep outside, the stalls. were requisitioned for sick horses “.
Her voice choked with emotion, she promises: “In due course, we will do something to thank them all. Every time I saw someone arrive to help, I would cry.”
For five days, an on-site veterinarian has been treating the horses. To help her, veterinary apprentices trained on the job, like Marie, a friend of Diana. She has been a backup since day one:
It was a real crisis unit. We had to watch the horses, check their temperatures, their mucous membranes, fill the pockets with hydration… Everything was in a hurry, as in a parallel world. It reminded me of the Covid, a little: we had to go as quickly as possible, to avoid any new dead horses. Marie, a friend of Diana who came as a backup.
And sometimes there are great stories, like that of Centaure, a white horse from the Camargue. “Centaur, no one would have bet on him, he was too sick. We thought about euthanizing him several times because he was in too much pain. We didn’t think he was going to last, but yes! Today, he drinks, he eats and he annoys his boyfriend. Usually when we play, we are better! “
A miracle which gives hope to the volunteers, but also to the horses, Marie is convinced of it: “they feel it.”
Isabelle knows it: once all the horses are returned, another problem will arise: how to recover from such a disaster?
“There are the veterinary costs: we have not yet calculated everything but it will be around ten, fifteen thousand euros … We will also have to compensate the owners whose horses have died, we do not yet know if the insurance will take care of it. more importantly, for the moment, none of our horses is able to resume our activities. ” Isabelle Gré, the mother of the owner of the herd
The future is anxious Isabelle: “I’ll be frank: we need money now. I thank everyone who was able and who can still help us”
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