Startled horse on the run in NYC
A startled carriage horse has taken a jaunt around Central Park in New York City all by itself.
The horse became detached from its bridle and ran into the Manhattan park without driver or passengers - but it followed its usual route, the carriage drivers union said.
The runaway horse looped back around to almost where it had started and left the park at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, near The Plaza hotel, where a group of carriage drivers was waiting to corral it.
Its carriage got caught on an open taxi door and it came to a stop.
There were no injuries to the horse or to any people, carriage driver and industry spokesman Stephen Malone said.
Advocacy agency NYCLASS, which is seeking to end the carriage horse industry, released a statement saying the animals do not go well with city streets.
"It's time to retire the carriage horses and replace them with something that doesn't spook or dart dangerously through traffic and pedestrians," it said.
Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to ban the horse-drawn carriages and replace them with vintage-looking electric cars. But he may not have enough votes in the City Council to pass a law.
Former 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin and singer Pink also support a carriage horse ban but actor Liam Neeson is among those campaigning to keep the colourful coaches. He says operators treat their horses well and the industry provides 400 jobs.