Houdini pony’s epic journey

An intrepid pony broke out of a locked, fenced stable and ran three miles to the home of his 12-year-old mistress.
Basil’s epic journey, through the Swansea Valley in the dark, began when he was re-stabled, reports the BBC.

The 18-year-old Welsh cob used his teeth to slide his paddock door lock open before jumping a fence.

He then had to pass along 14 different roads in the dark en route to the farm in Cilybebyll, near Pontardawe.

Farmer Lyn Evans said his 12-year-old daughter Emily burst out crying “with a mixture of surprise and relief” when she saw Basil.

He said: “He had to pass 14 different roads on the journey home. Then he walked down on to the A474, which is a busy road, turned left and crossed the carriageway.

“He would have had to ignore numerous turn-offs, choose the right direction at a crossroads and then make it back to the farm.”

Basil had been restabled in Rhos, three miles away, two weeks before.

“Emily rides him in the fields at the farm but we thought it was better to keep him at the stable so she could practise her show jumping,” Mr Evans added.

“But we took her to visit him every evening after school and she had tucked him up in the normal way the night he set out.”

Source : Ananova

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