Dartmoor pony found dead 'was not killed in ritual'

The death of a "mutilated" pony on Dartmoor was not connected to any ritualistic killing, police have said.

Devon and Cornwall Police said they have "come to the view" that the death of the pony was through natural causes.

They added all the injuries suffered by the animal could be attributed to those caused by other wild animals.

In July the force said it was investigating the possibility the pony had been "left in a ritualistic way".

The two-month-old pony was found at Yennadon Down near Dousland on the evening of 23 July.

It was believed the pony died about 24 hours before the discovery.

No human involvement

At the time, police said the animal was surrounded by patches of burnt moorland and appeared to have traces of white paint on one of its legs.

They added: "The pony appears to have been deliberately mutilated and officers are investigating the possibility that the body had been left in some kind of ritualistic way."

But the force said that after seeking the advice of experts they believe the death was natural.

A police spokesman added: "Dartmoor National Park is a significant tourist attraction and the police are keen to reassure both the local community and visitors to the area that there is no evidence of any human involvement in the death of this pony."

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