A team from an animal welfare charity rescued a pony and a foal from the incoming tide, which could have killed the animals, at an estuary in Wales (video below).
According to the South Wales Evening Post, officers from the RSPCA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, were called after a concerned citizen noticed that a pony had collapsed on the Loughor estuary. The pony was with her foal, who remained by her side.
A rescue team arrived at the scene quickly. The tide was approaching, which could have cost the animals their lives, so the rescuers had to act quickly.
Rescuers noticed that the pony had gotten her foot caught in her tangled mane and was unable to move, according to Newsiosity. Finally, the team helped set her free.
“There is little doubt in my mind that, taking into account the remote location and the nature of the potential hazard from the tide, had we not intervened and freed this pony it is quite likely that both the pony and her foal would have died,” RSPCA inspector Neill Manley told the Evening Post.
Manley continued, “This is just one of many examples of the sort of trouble animals can get into when kept at remote locations and we would urge owners to keep the management and monitoring of their animals as consistent and regular as possible.”
Manley and the rest of the team were very thankful of the person who contacted them out of concern for the pony’s safety.
“Many thanks go of course to the caller who reported the situation in the first place and we would urge members of the public who spot an animal in pain or distress to call the RSPCA’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999,” Manley said.
See footage of the rescue above.
Sources: Evening Post, Newsiosity, RSPCA/YouTube / Photo Credit: Newsiosity