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BOSNIA WILD HORSES
SOURCE: AP TELEVISION NEWS
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LENGTH: 2:51
SHOTLIST
1. Wide of horses on Mount Cincar
2. Various of horses
3. Close up herd eating grass
4. Close up horses
5. Black horse
6. Close up horses eating
7. Close up horse
8. Various of young horse suckling its mother
9. Wide of Damjan Mihaljevic looking through binoculars
10. Close up Damjan Mihaljevic watching
11. SOUNDBITE : (Croatian) Damjan Mihaljevic
"This is the picture of beauty of Livno area. When these horses are fit into greater picture I enjoy myself. I enjoy. And there is more and more young people coming here, bringing bread, sugar and salt to the horses, and they admire them."
12. Wide Cincar mountain
13. Wide fox approaching the herd of horses
14. Various of horses
15. Wide of herd running
16. Wide snow storm at the mountain
17. Various of horses in snow storm
18. Close up horses in the snow storm
19. Various of horses
20. SOUNDBITE : (Croatian) Damjan Mihaljevic
"They are totally wild. They will not eat the hay, as long as they can eat the grass they find under the snow. This means they are wild."
21. Various of horses carcasses
LEAD IN :
A herd of wild horses has been roaming a remote mountainous region in southern Bosnia for more than 35 years, surviving attacks of packs of wolves, poachers and four years of war.
The story of the wild horses of Mount Cincar began more than thirty years ago in the early 1970s, when a farming family could no longer take care of their 5 - 6 domestic horses and so set them free.
STORYLINE:
A herd of wild horses roams free on Mount Cincar near Livno, southern Bosnia, 202 kilometres (125 miles) south of Sarajevo.
The animals have thrived since the first horses were released in the early 1970s by a poor farming family.
The wild herd lives at around 2000 metres (2, 187 yards) above sea level in this remote Bosnian mountain area, roaming freely over the snow covered hilltops of Mount Cincar, looking for food in extreme weather conditions
They bred quickly and locals say that just before the outbreak of the war in Bosnia in 1992, the herd numbered 400 animals.
Damjan Mihaljevic, is a 60 year-old communication technician who spends most of his free time tracking and monitoring the herd.
He says that locals estimate that the herd is now the tenth or eleventh generation of horses to have been born in the wild.
Today there are seven distinct groups of horses, totalling in number 160 animals, which roam across an area of around 660 square kilometres.
Nearly every day Mihaljevic walks some 20 kilometres (32 miles) to reach the horses on Mount Cincar on 2,000 metres (yards) above the sea level.
Mihaljevic says that the horses compliment the beauty of the region and are attracting more and more people to the area.
However there are concerns that as more tourists come to this mainly uninhabited region looking for horses, that the herd will be put at risk, unless sightseers activities are organised properly and car drivers are warned to take care on the roads.
Locals say that eight horses died last year when they were hit by truck and other vehicles.
Although the horses were originally domestic livestock Mihaljevic insists they are now totally wild and won't eat hay if it is left for them even in mid-winter, preferring instead to graze grass under the snow.
The main threat to the horses is attacks by packs of wolves.
This winter alone six of them were slaughtered by wolves leaving the carcasses scattered.


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