Belfast Telegraph

Help give rescued Elsa's foal a name

By Claire McNeilly

If he was your little pony what would you call him?

He's white and brown, with a white blaze down the middle of his face, and he's just one week old.

>>Leave your suggestions in the comment box below<<

He's also very lucky to be alive because his mother Elsa was recently saved from certain death by voulnteers at Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary.

But now they need your help to find a name for this lovely little fellow as soon as possible - and they would like you to get in touch with your suggestions by emailing

The santuary is also making a new appeal for information surrounding the whereabouts of River, a heavily-pregnant pony that was stolen from Croskennan Lane over a week ago.

A reward of £1,000 is on offer to anyone who can provide details that lead to her recovery.

Lyn Friel, founder and manager, said Elsa and River were among six ponies saved from being put down five weeks ago.

"Elsa is a model mum - so much so she wouldn't let anyone near the foal for the first few days," she said.

"They are both doing well and they have now moved into their own mother and baby stable, where they're getting the best of care.

"Unfortunately, Elsa's friend River, who was very heavy in foal, was stolen last week. We're devastated."

She added: "We are so upset and disappointed because River was going to be put to sleep next week but she got a chance - and now someone has taken her away to who knows where."

Lyn said that River - a black and white piebald, 14.2 hands high, who is approximately 13 years old - had been doing a lot better at the sanctuary, having been in poor condition when she first arrived. The broodmare was taken from a field sometime between 10pm on Wednesday, July 1 and 8am on Thursday, July 2.

She also appealed for assistance to allow the charity to continue its essential work.

"We need to look at security systems to keep the horses safe, so any sort of financial help would be wonderful," Lyn said.

To send seed or haylage to Elsa and her foal please contact local supplier Doagh Equestrian, which can take a credit/debit card order over the phone and deliver for free every Thursday.

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