EMERGENCY MAY BUCKET FUND: A VERY RARE FELLS PONY STALLION NEEDS HELP NOW! DEPLETED OF VITAMIN E, HE AND HIS BUDDY ARE VERY, VERY ILL. WE CAN HELP!






It is always a heartbreak when horses suffer – but it is even more troubling when the horse is a stallion of a very rare breed.  There are only 650 Fells Ponies left, and this one was imported… He is the 11 year old Fell Pony positively identified via microchip as Lownthwaite Chatterbox.  He came here to help his almost extinct breed.

And now this.

A hopeful breeder abroad – in good faith – exported this stallion to help stimulate the breed, and here he is, almost gone.  We would help any neglected horse… can we help this ambassador to the breed?



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CHATTERBOX STORY… MEGA DOSES OF VITAMIN E & SUPPLEMENTS – NOW!! (Vitamin E depletion progresses to lethal EMND)

Several horses on a particular farm were wasting away.  Although they had hay, their body masses were declining.  No matter what they fed, the horses didn’t improve.

Strawberry Mountain Mustangs in Oregon was contacted because they are known for extreme starvation cases.

Darla from SMM knew these boys weren’t simply starved.  There was something else wrong… So on a hunch, she massively dosed them with Vitamin E.  And they improved – .

Knowing this, the expert Vets involved (UC Davis) now feel this is severe Vitamin E depletion and is very touch and go because severe Vitamin E depletion could progress to lethal EMND (equine motor neuron disease).  This condition needs to be reversed IMMEDIATELY – and the meds/supplements are very expensive.

In the words of SMM:

It would appear they’ve been in this condition for a number of years. They are so completely exhausted that eating is a chore that soon requires a long nap. Both are unsteady on their feet, have skin conditions from spending so much time on the ground, have long feet, need dentals, need wormed and have been dusted for lice. We’ve implemented the UC Davis refeeding protocol, in addition to Purina Well-Gel ($300/ 2 week supply), a specially formulated powder to provide their nutritional needs in a slurry mixed with soaked pellets.   They’re getting ulcer meds and a blood builder and muscle supplement called Cellarator. ($113.00 per lb) plus the Vitamin E supplementation has been crucial. They’re currently on 10,000 iu’s per day, and the Nano E liquid (the most bio available product there is) is $90 per bottle.

Chatterbox came in with his friend, A Gypsy Vanner named, Blue. Blue is very sick as well.

CAN WE HELP?!

Besides the regular refeeding expenses of a starved horse, Chatterbox and Blue need special, pure and dear supplements to help kickstart his body to accept the mega doses of Vitamin E, and reverse the vitamin E depletion before it progresses into EMND (equine motor neuron disease).  Please let’s help SMM with these expenses and their 24/7 care to turn these boys around!

Chatterbox was invited here.  We cannot let one of the last remaining Fell’s Pony stallions wither away with EMND.  Please help right this wrong.

Thank you, in advance.

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Klepetan & Malena Reunited as Croatia’s Remarkable Love Story Goes On






A wonderful reader sent this follow-up story to me.  (Thank you!)  If you missed the original story, it is linked here.

Sigh.  I am so relieved.

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Klepetan and Malena reunited (photo credit: Ivica Galovi?/PIXSELL)

Better late than never.

The remarkable love story of two long-legged birds from eastern Croatia, which has gone on for the last 15 years, looked like it was all over until a twist on Wednesday.

The love story of storks Klepetan and Malena has captured the hearts of many in Croatia for 15 years now. The two storks made their nest on a chimney in Brodski Varos in eastern Croatia more than two decades ago. The pair would fly together until poachers injured Malena’s wing which left her flying capabilities restricted.

With storks being a migrating bird, this caused a problem. Every winter for the last 15 years Klepetan would leave Croatia and make his way more than 13,000 km to the warmer climates of Africa.

Without fail, however, Klepetan has always managed somehow to negotiate his return to Croatia in the spring when the weather warms up to be reunited with Malena.

Klepetan and Malena

However when Klepetan failed to turn up by the end of March the nation begun to worry.

“There was bad weather in Greece last year which slowed his journey of 13,500 km down, but he still arrived on 30 March. This year Malena and I were waiting for him to come, we didn’t give up hope till Sunday but now it is clear that he will not come. Something has definitely happened to him”, Stjepan Vokic, who has taken care of the birds in Brodski Varos for over a decade, told 24sata over one week ago.

Just when all hope was nearly given up, Klepetan today made his return just after 3:00 pm, much to the delight of Malena and Stjepan. Despite being two weeks late, the two love birds have been reunited.

Here is a video!

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“To be honest I lost all hope. Around 3 pm this afternoon I was in the kitchen I heard some noises and I went out and saw Klepetan and another stork fighting for Malena. When they saw me one left and Klepetan stayed. He had some blood so I washed and cleaned him a bit. I recognised him straight away”, Stjepan described the moment Klepetan returned today.

The story is not over yet.


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