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Rudolph the abandoned foal found in Christmas tree field

Rudolph was discovered in a Christmas tree field near Norwich. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

An injured foal found abandoned in a Christmas tree field in Norfolk has been appropriately named Rudolph by the charity caring for him.

The chestnut colt has been taken in by World Horse Welfare at Snetterton in Norfolk after being discovered in Great Melton, on the Watton Road, near Norwich.

The charity wants to track down his owner and find out more about what happened to him. Rudolph was discovered without a microchip or any way of identifying who he belongs to.

The RSPCA, which helped to rescue the foal, said he was in a "sorry state" with a leg injury and badly ulcerated eye.

Rudolph had an injured leg and a badly ulcerated eye. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

"It's so sad to think somebody could have cruelly left Rudolph like this with such painful injuries, and just before Christmas.

"He was treated by vets and I am so grateful that World Horse Welfare has 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."

– Ben Kirby, RSPCA deputy chief inspector.

World Horse Welfare said Rudolph's plight was not an unusual one.

Chief Executive Roly Owers said the little horse had been lucky.

"If the temperature and the winter had been somewhat different, if we were 10 or 15 degrees below what it is now, it could have been a very different outcome for Rudolph but fortunately we found him in time and we can hopefully find him the loving new home which he so deserves."

– Roly Owers, Chief Executive, World Horse Welfare.

Anyone with information about Rudolph should contact World Horse Welfare on 08000 480 180 or call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

Rudolph with World Horse Welfare Chief Executive Roly Owers. Credit: ITV News Anglia.