The YouTube video detailing the escapades of Mariska the "Houdini Horse", an accomplished escape artist, has gone viral.
Mariska, a nine-year-old Friesian mare who resides at Misty Meadows Farm in Midland, Michigan, was been dubbed the "Houdini Horse" after she taught herself how to unlock almost every stall door her owners have installed.
Mariska's owners, Sandy and Don Bonem, said people often think they taught Mariska to pick the locks, but say they would never do such a "foolish" thing. In fact, they have added additional "safeguards" throughout the property to try and ensure Mariska remains on the farm's grounds. Sandy told The Inquisitr:
“She would always play with things with her mouth as a baby, and she just kind of progressed from that. She doesn’t like to be locked in, so she would play with each new lock until she figured it out.”
Sandy says Mariska's main goal is to get to food, typically heading straight for the grain stored in the barn, or opening the door to the pasture so she can graze on fresh grass. She went on to say:
“When we leave the barn, she will go around and check to see if any of our safeguards are missing, and if she finds one, she gets out.”
When asked why she decided to film Mariska, Sandy told MLive:
“We filmed this about a year ago and sent it to America’s Funniest Home videos, but when we didn't hear from them, we decided to post it on YouTube for our friends to see, and it went kind of crazy.”
As of Monday evening, the YouTube video of Mariska in action has received 763,117 views. News of Mariska's antics have even reached New Zealand, with a full page story being featured on TVNZ.