We are currently taking special care of a newborn foal who is starting life with a struggle.
Indiana, the little foal, was born under our care last week and has found it difficult to suckle. The first hours of life are crucial and his life was clearly at risk. His mother, Strawberry, was rescued by the Sanctuary while she was pregnant, along with another donkey called Cacahuete.
Indiana was very weak and could not feed from his mother by himself, so we took them both to an equine hospital in Cordoba (1hour and a half from the Sanctuary) which has an equine neonatal unit. The foal arrived at the hospital with hypothermia and hypoglycaemia and urgently needed intravenous rehydration and antibiotics.
He remains in the hospital and is recovering very well; he is being fed manually while having lessons trying to teach him to get milk from his mother by himself.
Veronica Sanchez from El Refugio Del Burrito said: “The first hours of life are crucial. We milked Strawberry and fed Indiana, but he was still very weak. His life was clearly at risk so we decided to take them both to the Equine Hospital in Cordoba (1.30 h from our Sanctuary) which has a equine neonatal unit . He is still in the neonatal unit, but he still getting better. Strawberry is such a good mum and she doesn’t leave him alone for even a minute. Indiana is very alert and happy and we will keep trying to teach him to suck. We are looking forward to getting them both back here at the Sanctuary.”
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