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Pregnant horse attacked by wild animal

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BRUSH PRAIRIE, WA (KPTV) -

A pregnant horse in Brush Prairie was almost killed by a wild animal this weekend, and its owners are worried whatever attacked it might come back.

The injuries to the horse were gruesome. The animal attacker bit or clawed into it from both sides.

The owners said it was a cougar that attacked their horse, but wildlife officials aren't so sure.

"It's just hard for her to get around," Erica Parker with Stone Temple Farms said.

The horse's name is Sera Bella. She is a seven-year-old pregnant thoroughbred mare,  her foal due in just two and a half weeks.

"Where I found her, there was huge blood puddles, massive blood puddles," Parker said. "There were cougar paw tracks inside the blood."

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said they can't confirm the attack was a cougar, but a spokesperson said it was likely a wild animal of some kind.

Parker owns the barn where Sera Bella is boarded. She saw the horse struggling and bleeding in the field.

"She's a really sweet horse and it's really sad because she is the sweetest of them all," Parker said.

Erica called the mare's owner Emily Cox and immediately got the vet over to check her out and stitch her up.

"It's about four and a half inches deep into her chest," Parker said. "They had to stitch the muscle back together inside and then she has a series of stitches here."

The horse also had major injuries to her back end, with other scratches on her legs and swelling so bad that she has a hard time walking.

Cox bought the mare, already pregnant, just a few months ago.

"She was a part of the family the day she got home," Cox said. "She's just that kind of horse."

The veterinarian told Cox the mare and the foal will be okay. Now, they are just trying to keep the injured horse healthy until she gives birth.

"This is how she always is. I mean, she has an amazing temperament and I'm sure the painkillers help," Parker said.

FOX 12 talked to administrators at the nearby Hockinson schools. They said that they are aware of the attack, but decided not to put the students on any type of lockdown, because the animal involved in the attack could not be determined by wildlife officials.

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