Rosy's rescue! (Courtesy: Salt River Wild Horse Management Group)

Rosy's rescue! (Courtesy: Salt River Wild Horse Management Group)

SALT RIVER, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- A baby horse whose mother died on the Salt River has been rescued and is now safe.

The 8-week-old foal, Rosy, was found alone after the apparent death of her mother, who was known as the oldest mare in the Salt River herd. She was 25.

The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, which protects and keeps track of the horses, noticed when the old mare, Rosa, and her little filly, Rosy, turned up missing.

Volunteers went to search for them.

When they found the little baby alone, they knew the mare must have died and the foal needed to be rescued quickly. She was starving and dehydrated, and would not have been able to survive long on her own.

But the big challenge that rescue crews faced was how to get the baby across the river.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, the Arizona Department of Agriculture and the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group all played a part in Rosy's rescue.

Crews were able to lead Rosy to the MCSO fan boat and then hoist her on board. After that, it was a brisk trip across the river.

Once there, Rosy was helped into a truck for her transport, because a truck's backseat is said to be much safer for a wild foal than being in a horse trailer, where she might panic.

The filly is now at the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group's facility receiving medical care. She will have a friend there in Peanut, a foal who was rescued just a few weeks ago.

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Rosy has been seen by a vet and has received IVs of plasma and hydration. Staffers are monitoring her condition around the clock.

You can learn more about the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group at or on Facebook.

The Salt River wild horses are protected by the State of Arizona. The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group was awarded a no-cost contract with the Arizona Department of Agriculture to manage them under this law.

[Protected: Salt River wild horse preservation begins in 2018]

The group oversees everything from fence repairs and habitat improvement to emergency rescues of injured wild horses. The group also manages a birth control program to humanely reduce population growth in the Salt River wild horse herd.

[RELATED: Salt River wild horses receiving birth control to manage herd numbers]

If you'd like to help donate to Rosy's care, you can do so on the donation page on the SRWHMG website.


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(7) comments


Thank you so much for sharing this amazing story and being such an enormous supporter. The Salt River Wild Horses are true gems of our Arizona State.


Thank you azfamily for this great story! Thank you SRWHMG for the amazing job you do managing the Salts


Thank you AZ Family for your continued updates and support on all things Salt River wild horses. The SRWHMG our phenomenal stewards for our horses and I’m happy to see the baby was rescued.


Thank you AZ Family for doing such a wonderful job on the story of the rescue of the Salt River Wiild horse.


Thank you azfamily I love your reporting about the Salt River Wild Horses. This was a great story. The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group does an amazing job humanely managing this iconic herd. We are so lucky to have them living so near where they can be enjoyed by all.


Great job with reporting this rescue and the wonderful work that SRWHM does. What a fantastic job by all involved in saving this precious life. Although it's sad to learn of the death of it's mother, at least her legacy lives on in Rosie., MCSO and Arizona Department of Agriculture ROCKS! [smile]


A BIG THANK YOU to all the hard working people who volunteer their time to help watch over our beloved wild horses.

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