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Watch: Two horses run amok in central London, one appears to be covered in blood

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A video of two horses, one black and another white, running around in central London took over social media on Wednesday. Shared by BBC News on Instagram, the video shows the horses—the saddled white horse soaked in blood—running on the streets, creating panic among commuters. At least four persons have been injured in the incident and some vehicles have been damaged.

“We are aware of a number of horses that are currently loose in central London and are working with colleagues, including the Army, to locate them,” London’s Metropolitan Police wrote on X.

According to the Telegraph newspaper, the horses—which belonged to the Household Cavalry—are a part of the British army. They ran loose while exercising at Horse Guards Parade, a ceremonial parade ground in central London. They were seen running on the road near Aldwych, which is in between London’s historic financial centre and the West End. It is unclear if the white horse was covered in blood or a red dye, AP reported.

The London Ambulance Service was called at 08:25 AM local time (0725 GMT) to reports of a person being thrown from a horse on Buckingham Palace Road in central London, a spokesperson for the service told Reuters.

The video shared by BBC News accumulated several reactions with one commenting, “For anyone who is concerned about these horses, you should know that a horse dies every other day on British race tracks. If you hate to see horses suffer, stop supporting horse racing.” Another user wrote, “My heart aches for these gorgeous creatures! We live in 2024 with cars and motorcycles, why the hell are these people still using horses?”

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“Something spooked those lovely horses. They’re very well trained. I hope they are all alright as well as the soldier who fell. Very sad,” the third user reacted.

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