A mini horse was found on a Japanese rooftop three days after disappearing

A miniature horse that went missing during Japan’s devastating floods last week has been found alive and stranded on a roof.

Leaf, a 9-year-old mare used for animal therapy at the Life Town Mabi aged care facility in the Mabicho district of Kakehashi, vanished on July 6 along with her colt, Earth, when floodwaters swept through the region on Friday.

A horse stranded on a rooftop after torrential rain, is rescued in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan July 9, 2018. Picture taken on July 9, 2018.   @Peace Winds Japan/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. - RC1B0B48EDF0

A horse stranded on a rooftop after torrential rain, is rescued in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan July 9, 2018. Picture taken on July 9, 2018. @Peace Winds Japan/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. - RC1B0B48EDF0 (Credit: Reuters)

Staff had to release the pair after torrential rains forced an evacuation of the facility.

The assumption was that Leaf, who was acquired from a farm in Osaka, had drowned, but one Life Town employee refused to give up hope.

This story originally appeared in news.com.au.