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12-hour-old foal 'Mudlark' rescued from deep mud

Mudlark got stuck in the mud at Ashlett Creek in the New Forest Credit: Tim Woodcock

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have helped to rescue a pony and her newborn foal after they became stuck in deep mud in an estuary in the New Forest. The team were alerted to the animals' plight at 7.30am on Wednesday 20th June.

The owner had gone to check on them because she knew the mare - Dena - was due to give birth. Dena had 'Mudlark' overnight while the tide was out. It is believed the foal slid down the bank and its mother followed it down into the mud to protect it, both becoming stuck in the process.

Mud-lark & Dena are led to safety Credit: Tim Woodcock

Watch Manager Buster Brown explained what happened:

“After making sure that both animals were not injured I decided to move the foal away from the mare knowing that she would naturally follow me with her foal. I then picked the foal up and carried it up the steep bank.

"I placed it onto the grass meadow at the top, the mare quickly followed and after a shrug of its coat and a ‘whinny’ both animals went off to feed on the lush meadow grasses with the foal suckling from its mother.

"The owner told me that the mare was called ‘Dena’ and her family always name new foals after bird names so she called this one ‘Mud-lark’."