Drivers and pedestrians in Mexico City on Monday were alarmed after a group of roughly 30 police horses — ostensibly there to help control protesters — escaped their handlers and stampeded down one of the capital’s busiest avenues, according to the Associated Press.
Miraculously, only one person has been reported injured, though at least eleven cars were damaged.
“A police department statement says the hurt person had minor injuries, but a few other people were severely frightened,” the AP adds. The horses also emerged from the chaos relatively unscathed, though some had cuts on their muzzles and legs.
It seems the animals were frightened by the sounds of the car engines as they emerged from their trailers, and took off at full speed down the Circuito Bicentenario. They are being treated for their wounds, and were brought in to help control the protests and unrest over proposed education reform.
The city’s government has said it will pay to repair the damaged vehicles.
Video of the chaotic scene has been posted on YouTube. Watch some of the best via Reuters: