Video: Foal is rescued from lock in Northamptonshire

A firefighter with rescued foal

Firefighters have released a video which shows their successful rescue of a young foal from a lock in Northamptonshire.

The Animal Rescue Unit from Wellingborough and a crew from Rushden attended Mill Lane, Earls Barton, at 10.30am yesterday (Wednesday) after reports that a young horse was trapped in the water.

It is unknown how long the foal was in the water, but it is believed the horse was only about three days old.

The tiny survivor was thought to have been uninjured, but was checked by the RSPCA, who also attended the scene.

Station Commander Ro Cutler said: “I would like to thank the local resident who rang the service so the rescue could be carried out. As with all water rescues involving animals, it is advisable for members of the public not to try to carry out these rescues themselves, but to contact the Fire Service, who have specialist teams trained in these types of rescue. The lady who contacted us did the right thing in this situation.

“We were very relieved the foal survived this ordeal, the rescue itself went so smoothly and it was successfully reunited with its mother.”

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