A severely malnourished, abandoned foal was found on Thursday morning by contractors near Quibell Lane in Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom. The black and white foal may have been lying in the same spot for days.
According to the rescue group, Help for Horses, was close to death when found and weighed less than 200 pounds. Emergency fluids are being administered for his severe dehydration to save his life. Rescue volunteers have named him Turnip.
“Many thanks to the Severn Trent contractors, Mr. Jackson and Help for Horses volunteers for giving up their time to help with lifting and rescuing the poor foal,” Janice Dixon, the owner of the rescue organization posted on Facebook.
On Friday, Turnip’s update was posted:
Thanks for all the concern and love for Turnip. He is still with us, still fighting. He’s absolutely exhausted and very weak but is trying his best. It’s still early days but we’re all keeping our fingers crossed.”
The video of Turnip’s rescue is attached below. Be advised it is very graphic and contains distressing content.
URGENT APPEALWarning – disturbing images. Another foal dumped. We are appealing for information regarding a dumped black and white foal, found this morning by Severn Trent contractors off Quibell’s Lane, Newark. This severely dehydrated, emaciated foal may have been there for a few days and when found was close to death. If anyone has any information regarding the owner of this foal, please message us. Many thanks to the Severn Trent contractors, Mr Jackson and Help for Horses volunteers for giving up their time to help with lifting and rescuing this poor foal. “Turnip” is now in the care of Help for Horses but weighing only 86kg and having round the clock nursing it is still very much touch and go.
Posted by Help for Horses on Thursday, May 30, 2019
To donate to Help For Horses, visit their website at www.helpforhorsesuk.org – click the button top right on the home page and there’s an option to donate straight to PayPal at the bottom of the list.
Anyone with information about the owner of this foal is asked to contact the rescue or call Nottinghamshire Police at 101. Make sure your horses are properly fenced and security measures are being taken to help avoid heartbreaking situations like this.
(Photo and video via Facebook Help for Horses)
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