A weak and abandoned foal has been rescued from a remote hilltop above Llangynidr in Powys, South Wales.

Inspector McNeil and foal © RSPCA

Three ramblers from the Bristol area were on Llangynidr moor on 30 July 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 we were contacted at a neighbouring farm.

RSPCA Inspector Christine McNeil was called to the scene and her journey to the hill top was on the farmer’s quad bike. The foal was successfully rescued and taken into our care where she regained her weight. She will now be adopted by Redwings, a horse welfare organisation.

Reg Hunt, one of the ramblers who discovered the foal, said:

“May I convey to the RSPCA our delight and sense of relief that this rescue was effected and thank the team for their dedication.”

RSPCA Inspector Christine McNeil 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 Mr Hunt and friends for their vigilance and to the farmer for his assistance.”

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