After water levels rose last week and made it impossible for up to 200 cattle, calf, and horses to return to shore, they became stranded on Krcedin island, northwest of the Serbian capital, Belgrade. About sixty animals were saved on Tuesday as evacuation operations got underway. As frigid temperatures and fears of famine set in, rescuers are now under pressure to save the remaining victims. The Danube flows 2,900 km (1,800 mi) across ten European nations, passing through Serbia and Germany’s Black Forest before emptying into the Black Sea. Krcedinska Ada is an island located on its left bank approximately 50 km upriver from Belgrade and 3 km from the shore. The Balkan region saw unusually mild weather in late 2023, which allowed snow to melt and raised water levels dramatically.