This was the dramatic moment a foal who had fallen into an open manhole was rescued.
The rescue operation was mounted after the young colt wandered in behind some trees when he stumbled into the hole which was obscured by vegetation.
Luckily for him, the field backed on to a local Meath school and the school caretaker was alerted by the frantic calls between the stricken foal and his distressed mother.
The alarm was raised and Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) Inspector Elaine Whyte attended the scene.
Working with a local vet and volunteers, the rescue operation swung into action. Sections of fencing were removed to give access to the area and a digger was brought in.
Straps were secured around the foal and he was slowly and carefully hoisted up through the small opening.
A veterinary exam revealed that he had no major physical damage so he was quickly reunited with his mother.
“This was an unfortunate accident,” said Inspector Whyte. She said that the hole was small and nearly impossible to see.
However, further checks on the foal have shown that he is doing well and not suffering any ill-effects from his ordeal.
The hole that he fell down has now been securely covered.
“I would like to thank all those involved in the rescue,” the expert added.
“Without their efforts, this positive outcome would not have been possible,” Inspector Whyte said.