Hypothermic Foal rescued in St Albans after getting stuck in mud

Firefighters were called to help a foal who had fallen over

Firefighters were called to help a foal who had fallen over - Credit: Cambs Fire & Rescue Service

A hypothermic and dehydrated foal was rescued this morning (Monday) after falling over and getting stuck in the mud.

The young horse was rescued by a team of firefighters from St Albans Fire Station and cared for by the RSPCA following an emergency call made at around 9.30am to a field opposite Sleapshyde Farm on the A414.

A spokesman for the crew said that when they arrived they found a foal that was unable to move at the entrance of the field, which was also occupied by three other older horses.

The firefighters worked to get the foal standing after feeding and rehydrating it, before a vet arrived and treated the animal.

It is not known how long the animal was stuck, but the RSPCA are attempting to contact the owner and check the welfare standards of where it is living.

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The team from St Albans left the scene at around 12pm and a vet from the RSPCA will check back on the foal later today.

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