This story about an abandoned horse, even a newborn foal, is getting all-too commonplace. A very young and presumed-abandoned foal was discovered lost, lonely and hungry on a remote Welsh hilltop. He has since found a new home with Redwings.
The three hikers found the foal behind at the end of a remote way in Llangynidr in Powys. They could not find his dam anywhere, but when they could not get the little fellow to drink anything, they contacted the RSPCA from a nearby farm.
Christine McNeil who is the local RSPCA inspector, met up with the trio and little Derek, as the foal is named, on the farmer’s quad bike. They arranged to remove Derek to one of the RSPCA’s rescue centers where he is already putting on weight and regaining his health.
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.
Now two months old, the colt has been given a permanent home at Redwings and is currently in quarantine at the charity’s headquarters at Hapton in Norfolk.
Redwings’ senior welfare coordinator Rachel Angell is saddened by abandoned horses. She said,
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.
For Derek, things are looking great.
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