A pony was rescued from a deep ditch where she was stuck neck-high in mud - with only her ears still clean.
The Welsh pony, named Puddles by rescuers, is thought to have been trapped in the ditch in Grays, Essex, for days before she was spotted by a member of the public.
She was winched to safety by Essex Fire and Rescue Service and RSPCA officers on Saturday.
Puddles, who is thought to be 15 years old and is around 3ft 8in tall, is being cared for by a vet until her owner can be traced. She is not microchipped.
She said that although Puddles was "a little stiff and terrified", she was unharmed.
Ms Richardson said that if the pony's owners are not found she will be rehomed.
Anyone who recognises Puddles or believes her to belong to them is asked to call the RSPCA's appeal line on 0300 123 8018.