Little 'Hero' to be rehomed through horse welfare trust
A bewildered foal who was photographed standing loyally over its dead mother is now safe in the care of an equine charity.
The picture of the young horse after its mother was brutally beaten to death by a group of men last week caused shock and upset.
Christened 'Hero' by the Irish Horse Welfare Trust (IHWT), the foal captured the hearts of animal lovers throughout the world after the image taken in the Ballyguile area of Wicklow town was posted online.
IHWT founder Sharon Newsome said the foal was doing very well since he was transferred into their care on Friday night.
"He was a little bit nervous for the first few hours but settled quite quickly," said Ms Newsome. "We already have a five-star forever home organised for him once he finishes the three-week isolation period with us.
"We can't disclose who his new owners will be but they are in the south-east and they have been on our waiting list for a rescue horse for some time. They have horses of their own and a rescue pony from the IHWT already," she added.
Hero will undergo a period in isolation to prevent any disease spread before being transferred to the IHWT rescue farm in Woodenbridge, Co Wicklow.