Horsepower: Horses seen traveling down highway


Several horses traveled down a highway in Georgia and motorists had to hold their horses.

News outlets report that a total of 10 horses decided to take to the streets and ended up blocking traffic on Highway 78 near North DeKalb Mall on March 17.

Motorists came to a standstill as police blocked off traffic to ensure the safety of the motorists and the horses.

Police were on the scene at 9 a.m. trying to contain them, and all lanes were open by 9:30 a.m.

Little Creek Horse Farm confirmed in a Facebook post that it was their horses that decided to take a trip on the highway. The post says steps will immediately be taken to assure this doesn’t happen again.

Test reveals why female lion in zoo sprouted a mane


Lab results have revealed the answer to a mystery at an Oklahoma zoo: Just what caused a female lion to sprout a mane?

The Oklahoma City Zoo says in its March newsletter that testing at the University of Tennessee found the African lioness named Bridget has an elevated level of androstenedione, a hormone that can contribute to developing male features.

Veterinarians compared Bridget’s blood with samples from her sister, who has no mane. Bridget’s blood also contained a higher level of cortisol, which regulates metabolism and the immune system.

The zoo says the results likely mean the 18-year-old lioness has a benign tumor that’s producing the hormones, but that her health is excellent.

The zoo says female lions with manes are not unheard of, but they are rare.

Florida nightclub shut down after event with live horse to reopen


A Florida nightclub that was shut down after a scantily clad woman rode bareback on a white horse through a crowd will be allowed to reopen.

A Miami Beach code official ruled March 19 the city should reinstate the Mokai Lounge’s business license after its owners acknowledged five violations and agreed to pay $12,150 in fines. The club will make a $10,000 donation to Peaceful Ridge Horse Rescue and promises no more animals will be used in the club.

The city suspended the club’s license earlier this month, a day after video went viral showing the woman riding the horse inside the club. As the animal moved through the crowded space, it appeared to panic, and the woman fell off. No injuries were reported to humans or the horse.

Associated Press

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