Videos Show Horses Struggling to Stay Above Rising Texas Flood Waters

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- Dramatic videos capture the moments in which struggling horses fought to keep their heads above fast-rising waters as deadly flooding swept through the Houston, Texas, area Monday.

Cypress Trails Equestrians owner Darolyn Butler has 75 horses, and she told ABC News Tuesday that 69 or 70 of them escaped Monday when creek waters quickly rose 25 or 27 feet over the normal level.

The videos show some of Butler's horses nearly completely submerged, with just their heads sticking out of the water.

"It was really chaotic," Butler said, adding that many volunteers came to help. Videos also show rescuers wading through the creek to come to the animals' aid.

Butler said one of her horses died after getting tangled in a fence and drowning.

"Most of the horses that were evacuated to the south got to a neighboring farm safely," she said. "Most of what you see [in the videos] were horses in the barn we were trying to move across the currents with boats ... or [horses] we thought had gone to a neighboring ranch [but were] trying to get back home, which is normal with horses."

"Two we saw get into the river and be swept away," Butler said. "We're hoping they managed to get out down the stream somewhere else."

She's still missing five horses as of Tuesday this morning.

The torrential rains and severe flooding swept through the Houston area Monday, leaving at least six people dead, hundreds displaced and thousands more without power, authorities said.

The Buffalo Bayou rose more than 30 feet in less than 18 hours, swamping streets and neighborhoods.

Houston schools are closed Tuesday for the second day in a row.

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Labrador retriever flunks out of bomb-sniffing school for not wanting to detect bombs

Labrador retriever flunks out of bomb-sniffing school for not wanting to detect bombsRuskpp/iStock/Thinkstock(MCLEAN, Va.) -- A Labrador retriever named Lulu has flunked out of bomb-sniffing school after she displayed to her handlers that she was no longer interested in detecting bombs, according to the CIA.

"We are sad to announce that Lulu has been dropped from the program," the CIA announced in a press release Wednesday.

Lulu did not make the cut to graduate with her fellow fall 2017 puppy classmates after she began to show signs that she wasn't interested in sniffing out explosive odors a few weeks into training.

We’re sad to announce that a few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs that she wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors. pic.twitter.com/c6lxHPfC09

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017

There are a million reasons why a dog has a bad day & our trainers must become doggy psychologists to figure out what will help pups. pic.twitter.com/iaeRpGiSUR

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017


Pups often have off days when they're training for such an important job, the CIA said. The issue -- which can often be fixed with more playtime and breaks -- is often temporary.

"After a few days, the trainers work the pup through whatever issue has arisen, and the dog is back eagerly and happily ready to continue training," the CIA said. "But for some dogs, like Lulu, it becomes clear that the issue isn’t temporary."

Lulu wasn’t interested in searching for explosives.
Even when motivated w food & play, she was clearly no longer enjoying herself. pic.twitter.com/puvhDk1tRX

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017


Lulu was no longer motivated to search for explosives and was "clearly not enjoying herself any longer" when motivated to do so with food and play.

"It's imperative that the dogs enjoy the job they’re doing," the CIA said.

Trainers made the "extremely difficult decision" to drop Lulu from the program for her physical and mental well-being, the CIA said.

Lulu's handler adopted her, so she now enjoys cushy work-free days that include playing with his children and sniffing out rabbits and squirrels in the backyard. She even has a new friend -- a fellow Labrador retriever -- to hang out with all day.

Lulu was adopted by her handler & now enjoys her days playing w his kids & a new friend, & sniffing out rabbits & squirrels in the backyard. pic.twitter.com/WOImM75P1D

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017


"We’ll miss Lulu, but this was the right decision for her," the CIA said. "We wish her all the best in her new life."

We’ll miss Lulu, but it was right decision for her & we wish her all the best in her new life!https://t.co/nPZl6YWNKb pic.twitter.com/Mbcr9C7wUY

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017

Lulu's handler is still on the search for an explosive detection K-9 partner, the CIA said.

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