December 6 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 26, 2013
An abandoned foal with an incredible rescue story has arrived at Redwings in Hapton.
Derek, as he has since been named, was rescued weak and abandoned from a remote hilltop above Llangynidr in Powys, Wales.
Three ramblers from the Bristol area were on Llangynidr Moor on July 30 and noticed the ailing creature behind a wall at the end of an uphill track. Attempts to find the foal’s mother proved futile as were their attempts to help the animal drink water, so they went to a neighbouring farm and contacted the RSPCA.
Local RSPCA inspector Christine McNeil was called to the scene and her journey to the hilltop was on the farmer’s quad bike. The foal was successfully rescued and taken into RSPCA care where he regained his weight. He has now been offered a permanent home at Redwings and last week he arrived at the charity’s HQ at Hapton in Norfolk to begin his new life.
Christine said, “This rescue demonstrates the teamwork between the RSPCA and the public. We are reliant on the public to alert us to animals in distress and in this instance their practical help was invaluable. We are grateful to Reg Hunt and his friends for their vigilance and to the farmer for his assistance.”
The Welsh pony colt, who was thought to be just two days old when he was rescued, is now in quarantine at Redwings Hapton in Norfolk, and is in good health. He is already making a real impression on the staff caring for him.
Senior Welfare Coordinator Rachel Angell from Redwings said, “Sadly Derek’s story is not an isolated incident, we are increasingly seeing male foals in particular being heartlessly abandoned as part of what is an increasing equine crisis. In this case it’s just incredible that he was found and we are so so pleased that we were able to give this lovely young pony the future he was so nearly deprived of.”