30-inch pony has life-saving operation

PUBLISHED: 22:07 21 October 2011

Bob is now recoving

Bob is now recoving


»A four-year-old pony was up and walking just hours after having a life-saving operation.

Bop, who is just 30 inches tall, lost the use of his back legs and had to have an operation to remove a tumour that was pressing on his spinal chord, last Friday (14).

Now the Kent-based charity Anim-Mates, whose weekly appeals are featured in the Times, are launching an appeal for donations to go towards paying for the £5,000 surgery and his aftercare which is estimated to cost another £3,000.

The results of the biopsy of his tumour are due to be returned today (20).

Teresa Bloomfield who runs the Anim-Mates rescue charity said: “Within hours after the surgery, brave Bop was up and walking around on all fours again, so early signs of his recovery are encouraging.”

Bop was taken to the Royal Veterinary College, one of the world’s leading specialist veterinary institutions in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, where he underwent a CT scan.

He is still at the centre and on strong painkillers.

Bop is so small the vets put him through a scanning machine generally used for dogs.

The charity’s secretary Dennis White said: “It seems he has won the hearts of the vets and staff at the RVC because he is so small and cute – their words, not mine.”

Donations can be made to the Help Our Bop fund via the website at or sent to Anim-Mates, Help Our Bop fund, 15 Mottingham Gardens, SE9 4RL.

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