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Williams Lake BCSPCA places injured feral foal in local foster care home

Lilly, an injured feral foal rescued on Easter Sunday and brought to the BCSPCA Williams Lake branch is now thriving in a foster home. - Photo submitted
Lilly, an injured feral foal rescued on Easter Sunday and brought to the BCSPCA Williams Lake branch is now thriving in a foster home.
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An injured foal found a half-hour west of Williams Lake on Easter Sunday has been placed in foster care by the BCSPCA and is thriving.

Special provincial constable Carla Edge told the Tribune Wednesday the two-day-old foal was found off the Meldrum Creek Road unable to walk and is most likely part of a feral band of horses living in that area.

Edge said the people who found the injured foal took her into town and contacted the BCSPCA. They had also walked about four kilometres in the area where they had found the foal to try and find the mom, without success.

“There’s a sizeable puncture wound on her left flank and some other scratches and wounds,” Edge said, noting she does not know how the foal was injured.

If it was wildlife that attacked the foal Edge said she does not think it would still be alive.

After receiving a tip about horses being spotted near Meldrum Creek Road and Highway 20 on Monday, Edge asked the Conservation Officer Service to try and locate the mare.

“I would do anything I can to get her back with her mom, but by the time they got there the horses were quite a distance away so they weren’t able to get close enough to make any determinations,” Edge said, noting she  really appreciated their efforts.

The people who rescued the foal named her Pineapple while staff at the BCSPCA are calling her Lilly because of the day she was brought in.

At her foster home Lilly has been drinking successfully from a bottle and has been given a good bill of health.

Edge hopes to find Lilly  a nurse mare if she can. If that fails then Lilly will continue to be bottle fed, she added.

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