A pregnant horse found abandoned and neglected has given birth to a healthy foal in her new home after being rescued by Basildon Council.
Roberta the horse was found heavily pregnant and in poor health when authorities seized her on February 16.
She was suffering from worms and lice and was severely malnourished with her ribs, pelvis and spine clearly visible.
A Basildon Council spokesman, said: "This was a shocking case of animal neglect. Roberta was in a very poor state of health when we found her."
But after the council enforced the Control of Horses Act, which gives the authority power to remove and detain horses found to be unlawfully occupying public land, Roberta was given a second chance at happiness.