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Man Attempts to Board Train With Pony

In this image released Wednesday May 18, 2011, by Arriva Trains Wales, showing an unidentified man as be attempts to board a train with a pony, for a journey from Wrexham to Holyhead, Wales, on Saturday May 14, 2011.  The man attempted to buy a ticket for himself and the pony before taking the animal into a lift to get to the train platform, but was stopped from boarding the train. The man left the station on foot and it is not known how he continued the journey of nearly 100 miles. (AP/Arriva Trains Wales)

In this image released Wednesday May 18, 2011, by Arriva Trains Wales, showing an unidentified man as be attempts to board a train with a pony, for a journey from Wrexham to Holyhead, Wales, on Saturday May 14, 2011. The man attempted to buy a ticket for himself and the pony before taking the animal into a lift to get to the train platform, but was stopped from boarding the train. The man left the station on foot and it is not known how he continued the journey of nearly 100 miles. (AP/Arriva Trains Wales)

A train operator says a customer attempted to board a train in Wales with his pony.

Arriva Train Wales said on Wednesday that the bizarre incident was captured on security cameras at a rail station in Wrexham, northern Wales.

Staff said the man attempted to board the train — bound for Holyhead, the home of Prince William and his new wife — on Saturday evening.

Images show the customer leading the large white pony along a station platform, then waiting patiently for a train.

The company said the man and his four-legged companion left after he was declined access to the service. Large animals are not permitted on trains.

Britain's Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which can prosecute over animal abuse, said it would study the footage.