A foal named Breeze was abandoned by his mother. The pony was discovered by farmers who brought him to the Mare and Foal Sanctuary in 2013 when he was just a few hours old.
The baby couldn’t find his mother and was caught by the farmers suckling on their mares.
“When members of the sanctuary’s team arrived at the scene, Breeze collapsed and was in a state of severe shock and dehydration,” said Syra Bowden, the executive director of the Mare and Foal Sanctuary.
Without his mother, Breeze was left malnourished, missing the vital nutrients she would transfer to him. Although sanctuary staff could feed him, they simply could not replace the affection a mother provides.
Breeze became depressed during the nighttime. Typically, that’s when a foal snuggles beside their mother. However, left without one, he became a bit of an insomniac.
To help him cope, the sanctuary provided Breeze with a massive teddy bear. Breeze was instantly able to sleep like the baby he was.
“We always give our orphaned foals a giant cuddly toy as a companion,” Syra said. “They’re just like human babies in the way it provides them with comfort.”
Breeze was successfully nursed back to health thanks to Good Samaritans who make sure orphaned horses have something soft to cuddle with.
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