A horse pulled from a river in England on Sunday was harnessed to a trap, according to authorities.
The discovery sparked a search of the swollen River Severn over fears the occupant of the trap may have gone into the water, too.
The dead animal was spotted in the water by a canoeist, who notified the Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service by telephone around 11.15am.
Two rescue boats from Worcester were launched to search the river for the animal near Pitchcroft.
Crews found the horse, which they tethered with a rope and towed back to the bank.
As they pulled the horse from the water, they found a trap harnessed to the animal.
They also found a dead sheep in the river, which they also recovered from the water.
“We were concerned to find the trap attached to the horse as we pulled it from the water but despite an extensive search of the river, both up and down stream, nothing further was found,” crew commander Martin Grey said.
Police checks confirmed that there had been no-one reported missing in the area in recent days.
The British RSPCA is investigating how the animal came to be in the river with the trap still attached.