An aerial photograph reveals the path of the massive tornado that cost up to 100 horses their lives in Moore, in Oklahoma City.
The photograph shows the majority of the 106 acres on which the popular attraction, the Orr Family Farm, and the adjoining horse training and agistment business, Celestial Acres, once stood.
The image shows that the track of the tornado, which topped the Fujita scale for measuring twisters, passed directly through the center of Celestial Acres.
The tornado also cut a devastating swathe through nearby neighborhoods, claiming 24 lives.
The Orr Family Farm and Celestial Acres suffered a massive hit, but there has been some good news.
The popular farm attraction, run by Dr Glenn Orr and his family, reported that the farm’s riding ponies for children, Annie, Joey, Sister and Lil Bit, survived.
All animals in its petting zoo and animal barn also survived.
Thirty-four horses survived at Celestial Acres, which is understood to be run by Dr Orr’s son, Tom.
The precise horse toll is unclear, as horses on neighboring properties also died in the twister. It was not immediately apparent where horses – dead or alive – had come from, as a number had been moved by the twister and fenced had been wiped out.
Local media outlets have published pictures indicating that the horse toll was heavy.
Meanwhile, the cleanup is under way on the farm.
The farm has set up a Horse Hotline for those able to help with labor supplies once conditions allow, and there is a special Paypal account for those wanting to help financially.
Details can be found on the farm’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/OrrFamilyFarm.
“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of those fellow horseman who have volunteered their services, supplies and acreage,” the farm reported.
“Thank you for your show of generosity and know your thoughts and prayers have been heard by our family.”
Celestial Acres is a Thoroughbred horse training facility. The horses housed at the facility are private-owned. Before the tornado on May 20, 2013 Celestial Acres included an 85 x 200 indoor arena, four barns with stalls, horse walkers, turnouts and paddocks.
The Orr Family Farm has 10 full-time staff members present at the Farm daily. The Orr Family Farm employs about 20 staff members part-time.