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Foal rescued after falling down open manhole

He’s fine now after being reunited with his mother.

Lucky escape for foal - ISPCA to the rescue

THE ISPCA HAS rescued a lost foal from a manhole.

The little horse had wandered behind some trees in County Meath and fell down the open manhole.

Luckily for him, the field backed on to a local school and the school caretaker was alerted by the frantic calls between the stricken foal and his distressed mother.

Lucky escape for foal - ISPCA to the rescue

The alarm was raised and 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.

Lucky escape for foal - ISPCA to the rescue

“This was an unfortunate accident” said Inspector Whyte, “the hole was small and nearly impossible to see”.

Further checks on the foal have shown that he is doing well and not suffering any ill-effects from his ordeal.

“I would like to thank all those involved in the rescue” added Inspector Whyte, “Without their efforts, this positive outcome would not have been possible”.

Foal had lucky escape - ISPCA to the rescue

All pics: ISPCA

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