Gloucester flood-trapped horses fed by rescue crews

Bales of hay are lowered into a flooded field where 60 horses are stranded
Image caption The A40 westbound carriageway was closed while the horses were fed

A large herd of horses trapped in flood water in Gloucester are being fed and checked on by rescue crews.

Some 60 horses are stranded on flooded farmland, near to the River Severn, and have attracted concern from drivers using the A40 bypass overhead.

Bales of hay are being lowered into the field where the herd of Argentine cattle horses are kept and a vet is also on site to assess the herd.

The eastbound carriageway of the A40 has been closed during the operation.

Image caption The farmland near the River Severn is susceptible to flooding

An RSPCA spokesperson said a flotation platform was also needed to take the vet to the horses and there was concern for a few foals in the herd.

On Tuesday, Lee Hopgood from the RSPCA said the horses' owner had recently moved on to the land and, without knowing the area was susceptible to flooding, had been caught out.

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