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Wandering horse: Strolling mare causes stir in Frankfurt

April 30, 2019
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22-year-old Arabian mare Jenny walks home from her daily tour in the surroundings of Frankfurt, Germany, March 8, 2019. Jenny's owner opens the stable door for the horse every morning and the animal decides for itself where she wants to spend the day. (Boris Roessler/dpa via AP)

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Not far from the glass and steel towers of Germany’s banking capital, a 22-year-old Arabian mare is causing a stir with her languid daily strolls through a Frankfurt neighborhood.

Owner Werner Weischedel says his old nag Jenny, who’s recently found social media fame after a local news show about it went viral, has been taking her 20-kilometer (12-mile) daily jaunts for 14 years — preferring to escape the confines of her home field to nibble on tasty vegetation on the Main river banks.

“Everybody knows her,” the 79-year-old said Tuesday.

Jenny ambles along cobblestone streets and pedestrian paths, avoiding joggers, families and vehicles.

Surprised newcomers occasionally call authorities, so she wears a note on her neck: “My name is Jenny, I didn’t run away, I’m just going for a walk.”