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Monday‚Äôs deadly tornado wreaked havoc on the humans of Moore, Okla., but it battered many animals, too.
The Orr Family Farm and Celestial Acres Training Center lies Michael Kors Handbag inside the 17-mile disaster-zone that the 1.3 mile-wide twister traced onto the land. The training center‚Äôs large indoor arena and four barns were completely razed to the ground, Michael Kors Python leaving dozens of horses exposed to the elements.
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Lando Hite, an employee of the Orr Family, told KFOR that he rode out the storm in a horse stall. He said that before the tornado ripped through, he set some of the horses free.
A woman walks past a pile of dead horses that were killed in a tornado a day earlier Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla.
‚ÄúI tried to let some of the horses get loose and free out of their stalls so they‚Äôd have a chance,‚Äô‚Äô Hite told KFOR.
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Workers were just beginning to pick through the rubble with rakes and brooms on Wednesday morning. Thirty-four of Celestial Acres‚Äô horses had made it through the storm and are either fine or healing. Tony Vann, the farm‚Äôs spokesperson, said that it was impossible to know how many horses had died until workers fully assessed the damage.
The training facility shelters horses that are owned by other families. The number of horses on the property varies frequently, so Vann could not confirm how many were on the property during the tornado. NBC places the number at approximately 125. Any records that the Orrs kept were most likely destroyed by the storm.
The huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhood.
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‚ÄúMost of the buildings were either leveled or damaged beyond repair,‚ÄĚ Vann told the New York Daily News. ‚ÄúThey‚Äôre going day by day.‚ÄĚ
Staff workers discovered a bright spot in the middle of Michael Kors Python Handbag the destruction at the Orr Family Farm, a visitor‚Äôs center located next to Celestial Acres. The sheep, chicks, rabbits, and pigs that were sheltered in the Orr‚Äôs petting zoo were found huddled together, safe and sound. The ponies that the Orrs use for pony rides ‚Äē Annie, Joey, Sister, and Lil Bit, are battered but doing well.
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Orr Family Farm via Facebook
This is what remains of the Celestial Acres training facility. This empty space once held an indoor arena and four barns Michael Michael Kors Handbag with stalls.
‚ÄúOne pig that was white before the storm came out of it looking brown,‚ÄĚ Vann said. ‚ÄúThey were really dirty, but they made it through.‚ÄĚ
Employees who sought refuge in storm shelters managed to survive the storm, Vann said.
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The farm‚Äôs owners, Dr. Glenn Orr and Tom Orr, are still counting up their losses.
Orr Family Farm via Facebook
The Orr‚Äôs barn sustained substantial damage after the tornado.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a long road ahead, that‚Äôs very important to understand,‚ÄĚ Vann said.
Many of the Orrs‚Äô Facebook fans have volunteered to help rebuild the farm.
The Orrs have set up a ‚ÄúHorse Hotline‚ÄĚ for those who would like to offer horse supplies. That number is 405.283.2258. Well wishers can also donate to the farm through PayPal or GiveForward.
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