On the 24th March 2017, there was a new edition to the Konik Ponies at Kingfishers Bridge. A Filly was born at approximately 18.00hrs. The above photographs show the Filly immediately after the birth, joined by its Mother and Sister from last year. The maternal bond is very strong in horse society, with daughters often staying with their mothers and sisters until sexual maturity. Only 15 minutes after its birth the Filly is endeavoring to take its first steps! The afterbirth usually passes within a couple of hours of birth and it is common for the mother to eat it, minimizing the scent left by the birth and reducing the chance of predators finding the foal in the wild.
The Following Day...
Reserves Manager at the Kingfishers Bridge wetland creation project in Cambridgeshire.