Rudolph the foal found abandoned in a Christmas tree farm - and rescued just in time for Christmas
A horse charity is appealing for information after a tiny foal was found abandoned in a Christmas tree tarm in Norfolk.
The chestnut colt, which the charity has named Rudolph, was discovered by a member of the public who called in the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare for help.
Rudolph has an injury to his right hind leg and severe ulceration to one eye, both of which were causing him a lot of discomfort.
He's now safe and warm, and is being looked after by World Horse Welfare.
The charity is trying to locate his owner.
World Horse Welfare Field Officer, Jacko Jackson visited Rudolph when he was found. He said:
“This is sadly not an unusual case of a horse being dumped and left to fend for himself. Thankfully Rudolph was discovered and he’s now in a safe place receiving the treatment he so desperately needed for his injuries.
“Rudolph has no microchip so we have no way of identifying his owner. If anyone has any information about Rudolph or recognises him we urge them to get in touch with either World Horse Welfare or the RSPCA.
“It’s fortunate the weather has been so mild recently; otherwise it could have been a very different story. Thankfully Rudolph is now in safe hands. Christmas has come early for this little pony.”
RSPCA deputy chief inspector Ben Kirby said:
"This poor little foal was in a sorry state - he was found alone in a field and was clearly injured; one of his eyes was badly ulcerated and he had a nasty leg injury. It's so sad to think somebody could have cruelly left Rudolph like this with such painful injuries, and just before Christmas too.
"He was treated by vets and I am so grateful that World Horse Welfare have taken him in. It's a relief to know that at least one more horse in need of rescue is now safe in time for Christmas.”
If anyone has any information about Rudolph or recognises him they can report it in confidence to World Horse Welfare on 08000 480 180 or the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.