1. ITV Report

Appeal after newborn foal left to die in Thetford forest

The colt foal is less than a week old Credit: World Horse Welfare

A charity is appealing for information after a new born foal was left to die in Thetford Forest.

The young colt was spotted by a local farmer after he was dumped in the popular tourist destination over the weekend (7 May).

He is being cared for at the World Horse Welfare’s Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre Credit: World Horse Welfare

He is now being looked after by the World Horse Welfare charity and is receiving round-the-clock care and attention.

The charity says the foal was incredibly weak, with no signs of his mother or an owner.

This is a sad case of a very young foal – less than a week old - being dumped and left to fend for himself at the time of his life when he is at his weakest and needs to be receiving vital care and feed from his mother.

When a foal is born, it is vital that he or she receives the colostrum from their mother over the first 24 hours as it contains antibodies that help protect the new born from illness and disease as well as having a high nutrition value to give them the best start to their young life.

We have no idea if this foal has received any colostrum so at the moment his prognosis is quite guarded but he is bottle feeding well and we will just have to see how he progresses over the next few days.

– World Horse Welfare Field Officer, Jacko Jackson
He is receiving regular bottle feeds and round the clock care. Credit: World Horse Welfare
  • Anyone with any information is asked to call World Horse Welfare on: 08000 480 180 or the RSPCA 24/7 Cruelty Line on 0300 1234 999