The natural instinct to head to higher ground when faced with rising water isn't limited to humans.

Horses, too, have an apparent determination to escape to dry ground, be it to a hill, slope or even a rooftop.

Leaf, a 9-year-old miniature mare was found stranded on a roof Monday in the Mabicho area of Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture. Torrential rain in western Japan forced the horse to flee, and separated her from her young colt, Earth, in the process.