A baby foal has been rescued from Snowdonia, after becoming stranded from his mother.
The RSPCA was contacted after the foal followed members of the public down a mountainside on 1 July, near the Coedty Reservoir, above Tal-y-Bont, before collapsing.
It is understood the foal followed a family for approximately four miles, before being carried a further distance by the members of the public after it fell to the ground.
Sadly, after travelling such a distance, there was no way of retracing tracks and reuniting the foal with the mother.
Fiona Jones, of RD Owen Equine Clinic, who works closely with RSPCA Cymru, collected the pony, after it became stranded.
People have been urged to try and prevent foals following them for long distances, following this incident. Fortunately, the foal is now thriving at a rescue centre, with stunning photographs showing the equine being fed from a bottle.
Veterinarian Fiona Jones said: “Sadly, however well intentioned someone may be, we’re urging people to not lead foals like this way away from their mothers.
“This foal had apparently walked some four miles, and it was impossible to retrace steps in this Snowdonia mountain range, to return the equine from where he’d come from.
“It is so important people walking near equines do not entice, inadvertently or not, foals away – and, if that does happen, they make every effort to return them, as soon as possible. Had this happened in this instance, this foal would still be with the mother.”
Gareth Johnson, RSPCA Cymru equine rehoming officer, added: “Fortunately, this foal is doing brilliantly, and is thriving on the bottle – so, thankfully, this story may well have a happy ending.
“This incident is another excellent example of the RSPCA, veterinary surgeons, stables, and others working together to help support equines, and protect their welfare.” Should you wish to help the RSPCA with its animal welfare work, you can give £3 now by texting LOVE to 87023 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message). We are a charity and rely on public donations to exist.