The foal was stuck in thick black mud up to his chest. ACO Nicole Wallace

A chestnut Common Pony foal had a lucky escape after getting stuck in the mud up a mountain between Heol-y-Cyw and Glynogwr, near Pencoed.

RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Nicole Wallace was called to help the stuck foal after a local resident spotted him whilst out walking their dog. The foal’s mother was getting very agitated and protective of the foal, which was being replicated by the rest of the herd nearby.

After climbing up the mountain, with a bucket of pony nuts to help distract the other horses, ACO Wallace found the foal covered in thick black mud up to their chest. She was able to get a strong footing next to the foal and was able to gently pull the foal out.

RSPCA ACO Nicole Wallace said: “This poor foal was completely stuck right up to the chest and lower neck. Thankfully the foal was small enough that I could pull him out of the mud. Having been in the mud for so long and struggling to escape he was exhausted and couldn’t stand up. I held him and walked him over to the mare.

“He led down next to her and we waited, hoping, that he would regain his strength. After a short time he started feeding from the mare and stood up again.”

If you do find a stuck or injured animal please do call the RSPCA 24-hour advice and cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.

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