CHINA Xinjiang horse owner donates horse to Fujian rescuers

CHINA

Xinjiang horse owner donates horse to Fujian rescuers

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14:36, August 16, 2020

Murat decided to donate an Ili horse to a stud farm tens of thousands kilometers away, moved by the heroism of the coaches there. 

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In July, three coaches from Quanzhou, East China's Fujian Province, saved a drowning boy as they were riding horses on along Yakou Beach in Longhu town, Jinjiang city. 

Murat, a Kazakh horse owner from Zhaosu County, Ili prefecture, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, was very moved when he first saw the news.

However, he was saddened because two of the horses involved in the rescue contracted pulmonary edema and lymphangitis from bacteria in the water, and died on August 13. This prompted Murat to give a horse to the Fujian stud farm.

"Although Xinjiang and Fujian are thousands of kilometers apart, we are all children of the big family of the Chinese nation. We love horses in the same way," Murat said. "Zhaosu County is known as the home to Tianma, or horses from the heaven. It is also the main breeding place of Ili horses. I can relate to the loss of a beloved horse."

Murat is donating a 1-year-old Ili horse. It can adapt to the local climate from an early age and have a long racing career, according to Murat.

Murat said he has already got in touch with coach Cai Liangxing, who participated in the rescue. The two have agreed to transport the pony in September. 

"Giving them an Ili horse shows unity and closeness between different ethic groups in our country," Murat said. "I hope that they can heal from their loss, and we can form a friendship as lovers of horses."

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