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'Dying' Essex foal Gizmo now 80% fit, vet says

Gizmo the foal in a field Image copyright Catley Cross Veterinary Clinic
Image caption Gizmo the foal was "near death" when he was found but is now "80% fit", his vet said

An abandoned, "dying" foal, found on a roadside is finally able to run around his vet's field, after weeks of physiotherapy.

Gizmo was found in an "emaciated state" near a caravan park, in Yeldham Road, Halstead, Essex, on 17 February.

More than 1,000 people donated to an RSPCA appeal to raise £11,000 for his care. The total now stands at £22,600.

Last week the foal was able to stand for the first time and vet Carolyn Wyse said he was "miraculously 80% fit".

Five-month-old piebald cob Gizmo was "in a very poorly state" when Catley Cross equine specialist vet, Carolyn Wyse, was called in by the RSPCA.

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Media captionGizmo the foal is now 80% fit, his vet said
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Image caption The foal was found abandoned on a roadside in Essex

He had been "left to die", Mrs Wyse said, and his condition was described as "touch and go". Gizmo was "hypothermic, dehydrated and collapsed - and essentially dying".

Horse lovers from around the world rallied to the RSPCA's appeal to help pay for his care at the Wickham St Paul surgery.

For weeks Gizmo was too weak to use his legs and a winch was used to move him regularly.

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Image caption Hospital manager Louise Miller shows how Gizmo has managed to gain weight
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Image caption Veterinary nurse Hailey Harvey has been looking after Gizmo

"He was able to walk two weeks after he arrived but it was only recently he managed to stand by himself," Mrs Wyse said.

She said she was amazed Gizmo's fans were still following his progress on Facebook.

More than 130,000 people watched a video of him kicking up his hooves in a field, posted on 28 March.

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Image caption Staff said it was important for Gizmo to now get used to being with other horses
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Image caption After weeks of losing weight during treatment Gizmo has finally started putting it on again

The surgery is considering keeping him for the next two years as Mrs Wyse said he would then be more suitable for rehoming.

They plan to hold a "meet Gizmo" day next month to thank people who have helped.

The surgery has so far been able to help seven other horses with the extra funds from Gizmo's appeal.

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