“He ate so many apples that he became confused.” Whooppss!
Drunk pony rescued from swimming pool
guardian.co.ukÂ |Â Wednesday October 15 2008 16.48 BST
Fat Boy swim: a drunk pony had to be rescued from a swimming pool after he gorged on fermented apples and fell in. Photograph: Sarah Penhaligon/PA
A drunk pony was rescued from a swimming pool after gorging on fermented apples and falling into the water.
The pony, called Fat Boy, broke in to Sarah Penhaligon’s garden in Newquay, Cornwall, to get to the fruit, which had fallen from trees.
He ate so many apples that he became confused.
Penhaligon, 28, from said she was woken at around 3am yesterday by the sounds of an animal in distress.
She said she looked out of her window to see a large creature in the pool, adding: “When I looked outside, I saw this massive animal in the dark and I thought the Beast of Bodmin Moor was in the pool.
“I was terrified, but when I took a closer look I realised it was a horse. I didn’t have a clue what to do next. Who do you call when there’s a horse stuck in your swimming pool?”
Penhaligon called the emergency services and a team of firefighters managed to rescue Fat Boy, who was unharmed, using harnesses.
A spokeswoman for the Trenance riding stables, where Fat Boy lives, said horses were known to get drunk from eating too many apples.
“It looks like he was scrounging for apples in the garden and fell in when he trod on the tarpaulin over the pool,” she said.
“It’s a good job he’s got a lot of bulk, as it kept him warm while he was stuck in the water. He was checked over by a vet, but luckily he’s fine.”