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Pony saved from death by RSPCA

Fit and well: The pony was okay despite the ordeal

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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