Foal is lone survivor where more than 100 horse died from drought

In Flagstaff, Arizona, 111 feral horses died in a muddy dried up pond at Gray Mountain on the Navajo Reservation. One lone survivor; a foal miraculously found.

 

According to the Tucson News,  Navajo Nation spokesman Mihio Manus, said Wednesday that officials are trying to determine how best to deal with the dead bodies. The stock pond is one of the last in the region to dry up, but drought conditions this year brought death to the horses. Harlan Cleveland, the emergency coordinator with the Navajo Department of Public Safety, had been walking the boundaries of the tragic situation with another rancher, when they spotted a tiny spark of life.

“We came over the berm and all of a sudden one of the horses moved and it was like, ‘Holy cow, that foal’s alive,” Cleveland explained to the Daily Sun.

The foal had been lying next to another horse Cleveland assumed had been her mother. Cleveland picked up the foal, took her to the truck and administered sugar water to help re-hydrate her and rushed her to the Coconino Humane Association in Flagstaff.

“On the drive into town we were trying to come up with a name for her. We thought of Gray Mountain as a name of Gray Spirit, but these didn’t really feel right. Eventually we just looked at her and said ‘Grace.’ She looks like a Grace.'”

At arrival at the Coconino Humane Society, Grace wasn’t able to even lift her head and was rushed, wearing a long white shirt to keep her warm, to the Aspen Veterinary Clinic where she is now being cared for 24/7. It is thought she did receive enough colostrum from her mother needed to initially build her immune system. On a Facebook post, adorable Gracie is introduced with her first photos:

“This is the newest member of the Coconino Humane Association family. This sweet little girl, the veterinarian is calling her Gracie, is genuinely a survivor but is in need of a lot of medical care to ensure her continued survival. She is currently hospitalized and receiving amazing care to help her recover from the after-effects of starvation and dehydration (her kidneys are not functioning well). She was orphaned (she was found alone with over 100 dead wild horses) and she is only 2-3 weeks old!

We will need your help to save her little life! The cost of care is up to $1,000 per day while her kidneys are not functioning well. Please consider donating. 928-526-1076 www.coconinohumane.org”

 

Gracie’s recovery will be a long one, and after she is released from the hospital, she will be returned to the Coconino Humane Society who will care for her daily.

Manus says foul play is not suspected in the death of the horses, and the tribe has struggled over the years trying to control the wild horse populations.

And if you need to know a little more about compassionate people, Cleveland and the rancher, who found Gracie, check on the adorable little foal every day and have expressed a desire to adopt her when she’s ready.

We can only wonder how one tiny foal survived, but miracles happen and there are no explanations – just smiles.

(Photo of horses dead via Navajo Nation Mihi Manus)

 

Check out Gracie’s video and fall in love:

This the newest member of the Coconino Humane Association family. This sweet little girl, the veterinarian is calling her Gracie, is genuinely a survivor but is in need of a lot of medical care to ensure her continued survival. She is currently hospitalized and receiving amazing care to help her recover from the after-effects of starvation and dehydration (her kidneys are not functioning well). She was orphaned (she was found alone with over 100 dead wild horses- see the link below) and she is only 2-3 weeks old! We need your help to save her little life! The cost of care is up to $1,000 per day while her kidneys are not functioning well. Please consider donating. 928-526-1076 www.coconinohumane.org(WARNING: The following link includes graphic pictures.) http://www.cbs46.com/clip/14321154/graphic-video-nearly-200-wild-horses-die-in-dried-up-watering-hole-on-navajo-nation-land

Posted by Coconino Humane Association on Thursday, May 3, 2018

 

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7 replies
  1. Jo says:

    Poor sweet little girl! She must’ve been so scared when her momma couldn’t stand then left all alone amongst her dying family. I wish her well with lots of love and caring!!

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  2. Cheryl Poindexter says:

    This deeply disturbed me. Some one MUST have known about these horses. How could no one know about 100 horses?????

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  3. Adrienne says:

    A miracle horse that survived this horrible drought.Sounds like she will make it and hopefully be adopted. Sad about the other wild horses that should have been monitored more closely. Our government spends and gives our tax dollars away to foreign countries who hate us, yet we can’t use government monies to protect and care for these wild horses who have done nothing wrong.

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  4. Darla G says:

    There’s a Neil Diamond song called “Pretty Amazing Grace” and that’s how I would describe this sweet baby.

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