Rusty homing in on a better future
The decision about where Rusty the Shetland pony will enjoy his new life remains under consideration after a flood of offers from Belfast Telegraph readers.
Rusty's days seemed numbered after a court in Limavady ruled that if Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council could not resettle the adorable pony it may have to humanely euthanise him.
But after the Belfast Telegraph stepped in and made a heartfelt appeal, the pony's formerly bad luck turned.
The animal was found wandering through Greysteel, on the main road linking Londonderry and Limavady. He was discovered by a passerby who rang the council, which has been taking care of him ever since.
Since then his once matted coat has become sleek and shiny and he is in much better health than he was when he was found.
A spokeswoman for the council said it was still looking after Rusty and weighing up the options for rehoming him.
The spokeswoman added: "The Shetland pony currently remains in Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council's care.
"A number of options regarding rehoming are currently being considered."
Given the number of people who contacted the Belfast Telegraph after the animal was featured in Tuesday's paper, the council should have no shortage of options.