An Icelandic pony in Scotland has had his penis surgically removed following what is thought to have been a “malicious attack”.

The 23-year-old gelding, Hrafn, was found bleeding heavily in his field at Swanston livery yard, Edinburgh, last Thursday (21 March).

His penis was hanging on by the urethra and had to be removed by a vet.

It had been cut with “a sharp metal instrument” in what the vet said appeared to be a malicious attack.

“This was a cowardly and cruel act,” said Hrafn’s owner, who found the gelding and wishes to remain anonymous.

“It is hard to understand how anyone could put an animal through this sort of pain.”

The police and welfare charity Scottish SPCA are appealing for information on the attack.

“Anyone who was in the area of Swanston Road on Wednesday night (20 March) into Thursday (21 March) morning, who noticed any suspicious activity, should contact police on 101,” said a police spokesman.

Senior SPCA inspector John Toule added: “We are urging horse owners in the area to be on guard.”

Information can also be reported anonymously to the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999999, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.