A PONY has been saved from certain death after being rescued by RSPCA Cymru from the bottom of a Cardigan sea cliff.
The dramatic rescue – which took place on May 18, and involved 13 RSPCA officers – has been caught on film, with the pony winched an incredible 80 feet from a shingle bed to safety.
It took place at Gwbert, from a cliff near Cardigan Golf Club. The rescue involved two RSPCA rope rescue teams, cliff rescue specialists and a boat team.
RSPCA officers reached the stranded equine via boat. He was sedated, before being winched some 80-feet in their air to safety.
The pony is believed to have been trapped for approximately one week, with an RSPCA officer commenting that he was ‘in a hopeless situation’ prior to the rescue.
However, while the animal was weak and drained from the ordeal, he was found to be fit and well after veterinary inspection, and within half-an-hour was seen happy with other ponies at the nearby farm park.
RSPCA animal welfare officer Andrew Harris said: “This pony was in a hopeless situation – and was facing certain death.
“Undoubtedly, this was one of the largest and most challenging rescues I have ever experienced – and it was amazing to be involved in such a happy ending.
“The RSPCA devoted significant, but necessary, resources to this complex rescue, which demonstrated the breadth of skills across our inspectorate, and the length we will go to in keeping animals safe.
“Using two rope teams and a boat team was absolutely integral to completing this successful rescue.
“Fortunately – though initially very weak – the pony was safe and well after the ordeal.
“After a successful veterinary inspection, the pony seemed very happy back alongside the rest of the herd at the farm park. We are delighted this operation was a success.”
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Penrhyn-coch Brownies compose song
PENRHYN-COCH Brownies were congratulated for composing a new Welsh language song recently. The workshops were part of a program of Welsh language workshops organised by Cered – Menter Iaith Ceredigion.
Following a series of workshops with the young singer, Mari Mathias from Talgarreg, the girls decided to compose a song. ‘Yn yr Haf’ was recorded with the girls singing and Mari on the guitar. All the group members received a copy of the song on CD.
Rhodri Francis, Cered’s Development Officer said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the group and we congratulate members on their masterpiece. Thanks also to the leaders for their enthusiasm in securing opportunities for the members to socialise in Welsh outside of school hours.”
Cered’s main aim is to support, influence and develop the use of the Welsh language in Ceredigion through partnership and co-operation, to establish the best possible foundation for the development of the language in the society and community.
Wendy Reynolds, leader of the Brownies unit in Penrhyn-coch said: “The experience has been amazing for the girls and they’ve had a lot of fun doing activities through the medium of Welsh.”
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Theatre caravan coming to Aberystwyth
THE SMALLEST cinema in a theatre caravan will be on the Promenade in Aberystwyth for three Saturdays this summer.
Staff from Ceredigion Museum, together with the Friends of Ceredigion Museum, will be hosting a series of free entertaining events in and around the theatre caravan on July 28, August 4, and August 11 between 12pm and 4pm.
Sarah Morton, the Events Organiser for Ceredigion Museum said, “We have a series of short local films from the National Film and Screen Archive which links to our summer exhibition relating to the seaside at the museum, in the old Coliseum Theatre. The two minute films show people on the beach and promenade in Aberystwyth as well as Y Borth. We will also have singing from the Showtime Singers to add to the entertainment.
“We will be situated in and near the bandstand and hope to be able to bring some of the traditions of a typical coastal break back to life.”
Besides the theatre caravan, there will be a Guess-the-Object held in the bandstand with museum staff to aid in identifying the mystery objects.
For more details about the caravan and the entertainment, contact Sarah Morton at Ceredigion Museum on 01970 633088
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