- The Washington Times - Monday, March 24, 2008

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A man hoping to cheer up an ailing relative at Wilcox Memorial Hospital hadn’t considered one of the visitation rules: No horses allowed.

The man thought the patient would enjoy seeing his stallion, said Lani Yukimura, a spokeswoman at the hospital. He and the horse entered the hospital earlier this month and rode an elevator to the third floor, where they were met and stopped by security personnel.

Security managed to get the man and the horse out of the hospital, with “just a few scuff marks,” she said.

The hospital has a pet-visitation policy, but it’s for dogs and cats, not horses.

“On Kauai, we have a very warm, inviting atmosphere at Wilcox,” Ms. Yukimura said. “We just hope people understand this is not a place for a horse.”

The man’s good intentions were further dashed when his relative was brought out to see the horse.

“That’s not my horse,” the patient said to hospital staff.

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