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Great Britain. Two horses that escaped from the military trial were operated on and are in serious condition

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Two of the five horses that, scared by noise, escaped from a rehearsal before a military parade on Wednesday and galloped through the streets of London, underwent surgery, a British army spokesman said. They are in a serious condition and it is not known whether they will be able to return to military service, it was added.

On Wednesday morning in London – during a rehearsal for the annual military parade to celebrate the monarch's birthday, which took place at Horse Guards Parade, a parade ground near Buckingham Palace – seven horses participating in the preparations were scared away by noise from a nearby construction site.

Two horses, named Trojan and Vida, were captured in the City district, about 7km east of Horse Guards Parade. On the way, the animals hit several cars and a bus – these are the horses that appeared in the videos and photos of their escape through the city streets, with Vida, whose light, almost white coat, was covered in blood as a result of a collision with one of the vehicles.

Spooked horses in LondonJordan Pettitt/PAP/EPA

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Two horses that escaped from a military trial were operated on

Deputy Minister of Defense James Cartlidge announced on Thursday morning that the health condition of two horses is considered serious. An Army spokesman later clarified that the horses, Vida and Quaker, had undergone surgery.

– We hope that both horses will recover. It is too early to say for sure whether they will recover enough to return to official duties. However, they were provided with the best possible veterinary care, he reported.

– Vida suffered the most visible injuries and the images of the horse running through London covered in blood were terrifying. Vida was operated on throughout the night and is currently in a stable in the Hyde Park barracks under observation, he mentioned.

– Quaker was also operated on at night, but in the early morning hours it was decided to transfer him to a horse hospital. The extent of the injuries is not entirely clear, but at this stage we do not believe there are any broken bones. The injuries indicate serious lacerations, he added.

The army spokesman also explained that three of the four people injured were soldiers. One of them has already been discharged from hospital and two remain in hospital, but all will return to duty. The fourth injured person is a cyclist.

Main photo source: Jordan Pettitt/PAP/EPA

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