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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 July, 2003, 06:22 GMT 07:22 UK
Huge response to ponies' plight
Rescued pony
The ponies have been thriving since their rescue
Dozens of people have called a South West equine charity offering homes for six rescue ponies.

It follows an appeal by BBC South West.

The moor ponies were nursed back to health after being found starving and close to death in the Colliford Lake area of Bodmin Moor in March.

The animals were rescued by the Devon-based South West Equine Protection Group (SWEP).

An appeal was made to find new homes for the animals. A seventh pony is to become SWEP's mascot.

Resilient animals

After the animals were brought to SWEP's base on Dartmoor, a vet estimated at least one animal, who was named Guinevere by staff, was hours from dying.

But now all of the animals have been described as "thriving" by their rescuers.

Maureen Rolls, of SWEP, said: "To get them to the state where they're fit, healthy and looking tremendously good creates such a sense of satisfaction.

"It's a tremendous feeling."

Moor pony
Guinevere was not expected to survive after her rescue
The ponies showed remarkable resilience during their convalescence.

One mare, named Mayflower by her rescuers, was pregnant when she was found.

Not only did she survive, but her foal, who has been named Arran, was born healthy.

The ponies are now strong enough for homes to be sought for them.

However, Guinevere will not be re-homed. Her plight created such publicity that she is to stay with SWEP.

Her life now will be as the charity's mascot as "pony in residence" at the Dartmoor base.

She will tour local fetes and fairs to help with fundraising for the charity.

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