Pink pony lost on Montreal island attracts internet sleuths

A pink-maned pony has been spotted on Montreal's Île Sainte-HélèneImage copyright Facebook / Savons le mini-cheval
Image caption A pink-maned pony has been spotted on Montreal's Île Sainte-Hélène

A pink-maned pony has been spotted around an island in Montreal, Canada. But how did it get there?

The mystery has internet sleuths on the lookout, as park officials hunt for the fantastical looking creature on the 200-plus-acre Île Sainte-Hélène.

The island is part of Parc Jean Drapeau which once housed Expo 67 and now hosts concerts and an amusement park.

Several pictures of the beauty have been posted to a Facebook group devoted to sightings of the miniature equine.

Image copyright Facebook/ Savons le mini-cheval

"Will we be able to catch it? Poor little one… we should also find him a name, what, do you think?" wrote one follower.

Members of the Society of Parc Jean Drapeau, which is in charge of the island, have been searching since Monday for the pony.

"We remain on watch to find the animal, if it is still on the territory of Parc Jean-Drapeau," spokesperson Gabrielle Meloche told CTV Montreal. "If it is there, we will take all necessary measures to ensure the animal is safe and returned to competent authorities."

Animal Emergency and Rescue Service, a company that helps find missing pets, has also gotten involved. About 10 staff members are patrolling the island by foot and by car, shaking a bucket of grain to try and lure the pony out.

"We have a lot of eyes on the ground," coordinator Isabelle Vachon-Girard told the BBC.

The team has also employed a drone to try and locate the pony from the sky. They are considering bringing out a sniffing dog, but don't want to spook the little horse.

"We want to give a chance to the team to find him, because sometimes the dog can scare the horse," she said.

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