HE’S HERE!! CONNIE HAD HER COLT! INTRODUCING… “LITTLE CHAMP!”






HE’S HERE!!

It happened during the wee hours of April 11th.

So far, I have no details except that Connie’s foal is HEALTHY!

Yes, he is small but the vet thinks it is because the unknown sire was small, not because he is malnourished.

Evidently, Connie gave all her groceries to the baby…  ;)

Connie is doing fine.  She birthed him all by herself and things went very smoothly.

From what I could gather, the caretakers found 8 hooves instead of 4 in her stall this morning!  Everything was over and done with before breakfast arrived.  Mama and baby were just fine.

But there was a whole lotta hootin’ and hollerin’ going on from the humans!  The SF SPCA erupted in two-legger joy!  Of course it was a colt and of course he would be named after Champ who lost his battle so recently…  Yup.  It is official.  This lucky colt will be called, “Little Champ”!

I’m hoping to have more photos and stories very shortly.  I will keep you posted.

 

WELCOME BABY CHAMP!

I can't wait for a head-on shot so we can see his markings! LITTLE CHAMP makes his debut!

 

He was nursing fine, all by himself. No help from the humans.

 

Mama and baby - their first day together! (They didn't trim her feet because she was so close to foaling and miserable - they didn't want to stress her.)

 

LET’S HELP FEED THIS YOUNG ONE AND ALL OF HIS LEGACY’S BUDDIES AT SOUTH FLORIDA SPCA!  A JOB WELL DONE!

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Champ and his human from the SF SPCA, Crystal, taken the day before he passed.

 

 

THE BACKSTORY!!

 

As most of you know, our April Bucket Fund horse, Champ, didn’t make it (story linked here).

 

We were so rooting for him – a horribly emaciated horse who was found shuffling down a street.

South Florida SPCA raced to answer the call and picked him immediately.  Once at the Rescue, he was cared for expertly for 9 days.  The vets thought he had a fair chance to make it since his bloodwork was good, no internal organ damage and he had an appetite.  But, evidently there were neurological issues because he was choking too often… and then eventually he started stumbling.  Champ had lost his ability to right himself.  It was time for him to cross.

Everyone at SF SPCA was devastated.  His favorite human, Crystal, was in disbelief.  There was heartache all around.

THE APRIL BUCKET FUND

We made a decision on the day Champ passed.

Instead of wrapping up the Bucket Fund and moving onward, it was decided to keep collecting for all the other horses (65+) that the SF SPCA houses – especially Champ’s favorite girlfriend, Connie, who was brought in skinny and pregnant on the very same day that Champ arrived.

Connie and Champ had become fast friends and hung out together most of the time.  Connie would waddle over to Champ’s stall and stand nose-to-nose with him all day long.  They ate together and healed together.

When Champ passed, I was told that Connie refused to go near the stall.  (That sounds melodramatic but it is true.)

Anyway, I thought that continuing the BF for all of Champ’s friends was an excellent idea!  They ALL needed help.  So, why not call this month’s BF “In Champ’s Honor” and see what happens…

Here is pregnant Connie. This photo was taken two days ago... She no longer waddled over to Champs empty stall on the end.

PLEASE FORWARD!

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2 comments have been posted...

  1. Anne

    Tears of joy for Connie’s Little Champ. With every heart ache, something good comes along to ease the pain a little. We never forget, but when you look at this adorable foal, you can’t help but have a huge grin on your face. Keep up your endless efforts and hopefully next month I can gvie, once again, to the Bucket Fund.

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