A pony found abandoned on the brink of death near Swanley has made a dramatic recovery after being taken in by an animal rescue centre.

Second Chance Animal Rescue was called to Parkgate Road on March 20, after passers-by found Tyson, thought to be around 18 months old, in a ditch, severely underweight with deep, ulcerated wounds.

It was touch and go whether he would pull through that night, as his temperature fluctuated dangerously.

News Shopper: Tyson was severely underweight

But almost two months later, he has been filmed bounding around his pen having bounced back to health.

A spokesperson for Second Chance Animal Rescue said: “Tyson is doing really well now.

“He’s putting on weight and most of his sores are nearly healed.

“We still have a way to go more visits from dentist and farrier and regular blood tests, however he is able to lay down and get back up himself which is a very big achievement.

“As you can see by the video, he is learning to be a horse now and his character is coming out.

“He can be a little pickle when he wants!”

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Police, who were called to the scene, were unable to identify Tyson’s original owner.

The centre has issued a further public appeal for donations to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on its services.

A spokesperson said: "As you can imagine, like others covid has had a big impact on our income.

"Please donate whatever you can to help give this poorly boy every possible chance to survive."

"Anything from £1 would help."

You can donate to Second Chance Animal Rescue Crockenhill here