Dozens of horses die at dry watering hole in Alice Springs, Australia

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A tragic photograph of dozens of dead horses shows the extreme temperatures Australia is suffering.

The feral horses were discovered by local man Ralph Turner, at a dried watering hole, 20km from remote Santa Teresa near Alice Springs.

Dozens of horses die at dry watering hole in Alice Springs, Australia
Photo credit: Facebook/Ralph Turner

Temperatures in Alice Springs have stayed above 42 degrees for two weeks. All across Australia temperatures are sweltering, with Adelaide seeing its hottest day in 130 years - a scorching 46 degrees.

Mr Turner told ABC he couldn't believe his eyes.

Dozens of horses die at dry watering hole in Alice Springs, Australia
Photo credit: Facebook/ Ralph Turner

"We found all these poor horses, all perished. We've been having hot weather, day after day," he said.

"I just couldn't believe something like that happened out here, first time it happened like that."

Locals from the area said the watering hole was not usually drought-ridden. Fifty five other horses in the area were culled by Central Land Council rangers, as they were alive but struggling, reports ABC.

The rangers said another 120 camels, horses and donkeys were dying as they gathered around a water source in a different community, but the traditional land owners opposed culling the suffering animals.

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