In Australia, with the onset of spring, it suddenly snowed. A rare natural phenomenon, which locals have not seen in the last 15 years, was recorded in regions that were heavily affected by large-scale forest fires last year. Scientists attribute weather catastrophes to the imbalance of all natural systems due to global warming of the climate caused by anthropogenic factors. One of such factors damaging the local ecosystem, recently called brooding brambies – wild horses.
Brambies are horses brought to the mainland by British colonizers. Their ancestors belonged to a variety of breeds – among them were British and Timorese ponies, heavy trucks, Arab horses and many others.
The animals got into the wild for different reasons – they ran away on their own, were released by their owners in the years of gold rush in the middle of XIX century, became unnecessary with the appearance of machines in agriculture.
The population of wild horses is growing rapidly – according to the latest data, it doubled in five years.
Some scientists are calling for a reduction in the number of invasive species that are destroying the Australian Alps ecosystem, which has already suffered from climate change. It is noted that brought to Australia animals trampled rare plants, destroying habitats of unique animals that are nowhere else in the world.
Meanwhile, the Brambie also has defenders. For many Australians wild horses have already become part of the culture – many children’s books and poems have been written about proud freedom-loving animals, and many films have been made.
Some ecoactivists propose to solve the problem in a gentle way – not to shoot animals, but to catch and re-domesticate them, to move them to nature reserves where it is possible to control their numbers.
In New South Wales, the Brambie population is currently regulated in this way – they are lured into traps by bait and then try to find their owners among local farmers.
The other day six horses caught in Kostsyushko national park were brought to White Alpine Equine farm. They will spend at least three months on the farm – during this time they must calm down, adapt to the new conditions and undergo training before selling or handing over to the new owners.
The farm, to which the caught horses are brought, operates at the expense of charitable donations.
The heated debates about the future of the Brambie have been going on for a number of years, and the issue has long since moved to the political plane. After the enactment of the Wild Horse Protection Act in 2018, the government of New South Wales was criticized by representatives of local conservation organizations for the fact that the authorities have sacrificed the existence of endemics for the animals imported to the continent.