The horse Klaki has been returned to its owner after spending almost an entire year in the wild on Fljótsdalsheidi heath in east Iceland. The horse went missing after being released to the mountains with a whole herd of horses last summer.
A lone horse, but not Klaki. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
When Klaki didn’t turn up during the roundup last autumn, four search expeditions were launched, two on land and two by air. But the horse remained missing and no trace of it was found during the entire winter, ruv.is reports.
However, farmer and reindeer guide Hjörtur Kjerúlf recently spotted a white horse at Hornbrynja south of Sturluflöt on Fljótsdalsheidi and as it turned out, it was the missing horse Klaki. It has now been returned to its owner, camera man Steingrímur Karlsson.
Karlsson said the horse is in unbelievably good shape; it is as if it went missing only yesterday. It is possible to determine by the condition of its hoofs whether it has had enough to eat and there are no signs of starvation.
Horse roundups, along with the roundup of sheep, take place across Iceland every autumn and tourists are welcome to watch. The first of this year is scheduled to take place tomorrow.
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