Foal who survived against all odds is rehomed with the veterinary nurse who helped save his life.
A tiny 3 month old foal who was brought into Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre near Blackpool has surprised everyone with his will-to-survive after being found collapsed and close to death in the coldest month of the year.
Just a few weeks ago – when freezing temperatures were gripping the country – World Horse Welfare Frodo was found by Field Officer Rachel Andrews. Rachel visited a group of cobs who had been left in a field in Cheshire without adequate food, water or protection from the bitter conditions. She immediately noticed tiny foal Frodo who was incredibly weak, had a distended belly due to an infestation of parasitic worms, was crawling with lice and had absolutely no spark left in him.
After repeated attempts to trace his owner Rachel removed Frodo with assistance from the RSPCA and the police and took him to Penny Farm.
Thanks to the dedicated team, which included veterinary nurse Katie Eva, Frodo battled his ailments and just a few weeks on has grown in confidence and strength. Suzanne Green from Oakhill Veterinary Centre whose team treated the little foal says: “Frodo is extremely lucky to have been removed when he was – given another 24 hours he would certainly have died.”
Over the last four weeks Frodo has been given a special diet to help him grow and gain much-needed strength. He has a completely new lease of life and we are delighted that Katie who has spent so much time with the little foal since he arrived at Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre is giving him a wonderful new home.
Centre Manager Fran Williamson is in awe of Frodo’s determination to pull through: “It’s fantastic to see Frodo up and about in just a few weeks bearing in mind he needed such intensive care from the veterinary team and our grooms. His strength of character is a wonderful reward for all the nights spent nursing him and the turn-around is just remarkable. We couldn’t be more delighted that one of the dedicated team who helped save his life is able to give him the safe and loving home he deserves. We are so proud of him.”
Katie is so excited about giving Frodo a new start in life that she is has even given him his very own Facebook page: Frodo Eva.
Photo: Frodo Rehomed.
Rachel explains that it is likely that the group was being fly-grazed on the land: “This highlights the problems welfare charities face when dealing with huge numbers of ponies that have either been abandoned or fly-grazed. We regularly see ponies riddled with parasitic worms and lice, have overgrown hooves as well as other health problems due to a complete lack of care. Sadly we simply don’t have the space to take in all but the most desperate cases like Frodo.”