An emaciated foal found in a field near Diss was described by his rescuers as being “days from death.”
A member of the public had reported the foal, thought to be about eight weeks old, to Redwings, the equine charity, after seeing him lying down and struggling to get up. The charity’s senior field officer, Julie Harding, attended straight away and, although the young cob was back on his feet, she could clearly seesaw he was in distress.
The dark grey foal was severely underweight, and had an horrific injury down the back of his hind leg that had been left untreated, which was completely covered in flies and maggots.
The officer immediately called one of the Redwings vets, Nicola Berryman, who attended along with local RSPCA inspector Nicky Thorne, on October 1.
Ms Harding said: ““On examination the vet found him to be body condition score 0, which means he was completely emaciated. He looked like a skeleton.”
He has been named Matty, on account of his coat condition. No owner, or mother for the foal could be found. Matty is now recovering well.
Anyone with information about his owner can contact the Redwings Welfare team on 01508 481008. To donate towards Matty’s care, visit www.redwings.org.uk