Terrifying moment a horse collapses while towing a tourist cart in Mallorca in 40 degrees Celsius heat

Terrifying moment a horse collapses while towing a tour cart in Mallorca in the 40C heat – before locals yell at vacationers not to come down to help the animal

  • A horse collapsed in the middle of the main square in the capital Palma, in sweltering temperatures
  • Terrified onlookers urged the driver to give the stricken horse water
  • Animal Rights Party leader said he will file a formal complaint

This is the terrifying moment when a horse pulls a cart full of tourists in Mallorca in the sweltering heat.

Terrified onlookers filmed the scene in Palma, the capital of Mallorca, urging the driver to give the stricken horse its water and encouraging holidaymakers to get out of their seats.

The horse collapsed on Saturday afternoon in Plaza Juan Carlos I in Palma after enduring temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).

A local animal rights party leader said he would file a formal complaint today about the incident.

The horse collapsed on Saturday afternoon in Plaza Juan Carlos I in Palma after enduring temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).

“It may have been sunstroke or the result of the animal being unsuitable to be used in this way because of its age or other factors,` Guillermo Amengual, president of Progreso en Verde, who says horse-drawn carriage rides should be abolished because it represents animal exploitation, told local media.

“We will denounce this because it is the third time something similar has happened in the past two months and we have to get to the bottom of what happened.”

Footage from the drama showed a man believed to be the owner of the horse trying to pull it while he watched the second animal pulling the cart with the three people still sitting in the cart.

A concerned woman could be heard approaching them saying: ‘What a terrible thing! Poor horse. And people in the back stay in place instead of going out. What a scene.

The Spanish-speaking woman ended up approaching the tourists and telling them to get off while others walked to the rickshaw driver and said, “Water. Give her water.”

The animal ended up on its own feet although it is not known if it continues to take its passengers on a visit to the city.

Terrified onlookers filmed the disturbing scene in Palma, the capital of Mallorca, where they urged the driver to give the stricken horse water and encouraged holidaymakers to get out of their seats.

Terrified onlookers filmed the disturbing scene in Palma, the capital of Mallorca, where they urged the driver to give the stricken horse water and encouraged holidaymakers to get out of their seats.

Locals and animal lovers reacted with fury after seeing footage of the accident, which was posted online along with the caption: “The horse collapses after enduring temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius.

‘The owner scoffs and the tourists refuse to come down. Twenty-first century.’

Someone said: “I feel real ashamed of being from a city that year after year that allows this cruelty to animals to continue.

“The city council must put an end to this brutality.”

Another added: “Something has to be done because it can’t be allowed. It’s abhorrent.

Palma City Hall has yet to respond to the latest incident, which comes a month and a half after another horse hit the grounds within walking distance.

A driver drives a horse-drawn carriage with tourists on a hot summer day in Malaga, Spain (file photo)

A driver drives a horse-drawn carriage with tourists on a hot summer day in Malaga, Spain (file photo)

Local politicians then said they were frightened by the noise of a truck unloading nearby that fell after hitting one of its hooves in the gutter.

Witnesses denied the compound’s account of events at the time, insisting that she collapsed because she was exhausted.

At the beginning of June, the local police stopped a cart pulled by an elderly horse that was limping and should not be running.

It recently emerged that Palma City Hall was considering replacing the horses with an “electrical alternative”.

Earlier this month, Progreso en Verde said the animals were still running in violation of new regulations that ban their use during high temperature alerts.

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