In June 2014, Remus Horse Sanctuary in Ingatestone, Essex took in a mare who had been “badly beaten and starved of food,” according to BBC. After arriving at the rescue shelter, the mare, named Orchid, gained weight and strength. However, this month Orchid had to be euthanized after she couldn’t recover from colic, BBC reports.
There have been conflicting reports as to Orchid’s age, though the prevailing thought is that she was around 50 – quite a feat for horses. She was thought to be the world’s oldest horse.