The horse that captured the heart of a nation

Sometimes our capacity for compassion takes an odd shape. Here in the US, a victim’s long battle to overcome injury recently ended in defeat.

10th February, 2007

Sometimes our capacity for compassion takes an odd shape. Here in the US, a victim’s long battle to overcome injury recently ended in defeat. The news of his death was met with public outpourings of grief, editorials in major newspapers and lengthy television tributes.

The deceased was not a human being, but a horse named Barbaro.

Horses have long been able to claim a peculiar hold on the public’s affection, as examples on...

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