On 5-1-13 FCER responded to a call concerning an orphaned or abandoned 10 day old filly near Sheep Springs, NM. Sheep Springs is about 75 miles from FCER, and located on the Navajo reservation. The foal had shown up at the pens of some tame horses, and the caller thought the foal belonged to one of the wild horse herds in that area. An attempt to re-unite the filly with the wild horses had failed. The foal, which we have named Cricket, had been without food for at least 24 hours. The clock was ticking, and a resolution must be found fast, or she would die. Authorization for the Navajo Nation Rangers was obtained and the filly was released to FCER. Now to get her as fast as possible to medical help. Animal Haven Clinic was on stand by, awaiting our arrival. We met the Good Samaritans in Shiprock, about half the way, and traveled as fast as possible to the vet clinic, getting there right at 5:30 p.m. . Upon arrival Cricket was non responsive, but breathing. The staff at Animal Haven worked on her for the next 3.5 hours. Cricket responded to treatment, became aware of her surroundings, and then wanted to eat. A good sign! Cricket made it through the night and is still with us today - Thursday, May 2nd. We are guardedly optimistic that she will be okay. Now - to get a Nursery ready for her much anticipated arrival, although probably a week away.
UPDATE - 5-4-13
Cricket went into renal failure and was euthanized. Although we in the rescue world understand we can't save them all, to see a beautiful young life snuffed out prematurely is still hard to reconcile.
Rest peacefully, little girl.
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