Around 20 wild horses have been discovered dead in a dry waterhole in remote Central Australia, 20 kilometers from the remote community of Santa Teresa.
The wild horses usually come down to this swimming spot called Deep Hole looking for water to quench their thirst, but this time the water wasn’t there so they’ve had no other place to go and essentially collapsed from heat and dehydration.
These wild horses are not native to Australia, they are a species introduced to the region and used for local race meets, as well as playing a part in the region’s stockman history.
Many people in the community were now “deeply concerned about the welfare of the local wild horse population”.
The Red Centre, a huge outback region in the Northern Territory centered on the town of Alice Springs, has been blistering under an unprecedented heatwave for much of the summer.
The region has been experiencing temperatures above 42 degrees Celsius for the past 12 days, and it is poised to hit 13 days in Alice Springs on Wednesday.
These heatwaves have been inflicting great damages on Australia’s ecosystems. Just 2 weeks ago, as many as a million fish are believed to have died along the banks of a major river system in drought-battered eastern Australia, and the authorities warned of more deaths to come.