THE pitter-patter of tiny hooves during lockdown has brightened the spirits of staff at Oak Tree Animals’ Charity.

Two mares, named Izzy and Savannah, had arrived at the animal rescue charity, at Wetheral, before restrictions were put in place.

It was soon discovered Izzy was pregnant, and at the end of April she delivered a foal named Cosmo.

If that wasn’t exciting enough, this month staff arrived one morning to find another new born foal.

They had suspected Savannah might also be pregnant, but were unable to scan her to confirm the pregnancy due to the restriction on movement.

They were delighted with the arrival of a second quarantine foal.

Amy Brennan, of the charity’s equine team, said: “Cosmo and Daisy are doing amazingly well. They have contrasting personalities and are both a joy to be around and to watch.

“Cosmo is curious and cheeky. Daisy is more shy and reserved.

"They are starting to play together which is lovely to see, but Daisy’s mum Savannah always keeps a careful eye over them to make sure they are not getting into mischief.”

The two foals are growing and getting more adventurous each day. Staff say they are loving the good weather and are often seen kicking their legs behind them as they run and gambol around the paddocks with their respective mums.

Despite lockdown Oak Tree is continuing its vital rehoming work for stray, abandoned or unwanted cats and dogs in need of a forever home.

The charity has set out new guidelines to make this possible and is asking anyone wanting to adopt an animal to look on the rehoming pages of its website to find the animal they would like before getting in touch.

The team will then call back to discuss the rehoming process and any identification documents can be photographed and sent by email.

Once a match has been made staff will deliver the animal to its new home ensuring social distancing is in place.

To make an enquiry email with your contact details and the animal you are interested in rehoming.

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