|Bugsy was uncomfortable during the last of her pregnancy.|
|Baby Buggs was struggling to survive.|
|Bugsy gently whinnied and looked toward her baby for one tender moment.|
Bugsy was suffering. The closest large animal hospital was 3 hours away and there is no way Bugsy would survive the trip. One the vet arrived, she knew the only way to relieve her suffering was to let her go peacefully. Now Baby Buggs was an orphan and her survival was up to us. Colostrum is so important the first 12 hours after birth, we had to put out a call for colostrum, fresh or frozen, because we felt that we didn't get enough into the foal even though Bugsy gave us 30 ounces, it was not enough.
Horse lovers sent out the word and we were able to find 80 ounces of frozen colostrum near by. Tracy set up a mattress in the stall and Maddie cuddled up with Baby Buggs to keep her warm and give her a bottle every hour. To raise an orphan, you need to be dedicated. Sleepless nights!
|Baby Buggs sleeping in bed with Maddie.|
The next morning Baby Buggs' bloodwork was good, one less worry but we had to organize to get 24 hour humans to take the place of the mare. Baby Buggs was transported to the SaveTheHorses farm. Everyone volunteered to spend time with this little cutie.
|A nice warn blanket kept her warm during the cold nights.|
|She enjoys all the attention and her bottle.|
|Lots of kisses for humans like Jeff who spent the night with Baby Buggs|
|Natalie taught her to walk like a horse.|
She is doing great and thriving. Watch for an update soon.
Thank you all for your caring and your compassion. It is our supporters and volunteers who make this happen every day at SaveTheHorses.org rescue farm.