When a pony becomes trapped in a marsh and her foal refuses to leave her side, the RSPCA must step in to rescue the pair.
Horses get themselves into all strange circumstances while in captivity, but sometimes wild horses find themselves in need of help, too. In this video, a wild pony and foal are in quite a predicament.
The pony's hind leg has become caught up in her mane, and her foal refuses to leave her side. The pair were found in the Loughor Estuary marshland in Gower, South Wales. Luckily, the RSPCA came to the rescue of the pony and foal.
As you'll see in the video, the mare can't rise, and is clearly scared of the rescuers. One volunteer manages to get to her and frees her hind leg, while her foal anxiously paces around.
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Rescuing animals, especially large animals like horses, is no easy feat. Horses are large and unpredictable, and when they're hurt or frightened they may act out in ways that you can't anticipate. Specialized rescue teams help to perform large animal rescues. Often, these teams undergo specific training and have access to large animal rescue equipment which can help to keep everyone involved safe during a rescue.
When working with large animals in need of help, vets are often summoned to the scene. Sometimes the animals need to be evaluated before being moved, and other times vets may administer a sedative to keep the animal from hurting itself or others while the rescue takes place.
Thankfully this pony and foal's rescue was fairly uncomplicated. The mare was a bit wobbly when she rose, but it looks like she's happy to be on her feet again. Who knows how horses get themselves into some of their crazy situations, but this pair was lucky that there were humans around to help them out.