SO SKINNY, THEY HARDLY LOOK HEAVILY PREGNANT, young, starved and left on a kill lot… MARCH BUCKET FUND tribal fillies: Keona and Kiki!

This stuff breaks my heart… 2 and 4 year-old fillies having fillies, starved in drought plagued East Nevada and then rounded up to sell for slaughter.  They are SO SKINNY they hardly look like they are about to foal any day – but they are.

Kiki and Keona are both pregnant, both incredibly skinny… rescued by LBL Equine Rescue.  They need immediate medical attention for starvation, Kiki is dropping food and needs teeth floating –  and both need excellent nutrition if those babies are to be born safely.  Sadly, Keona is already bagging-up which means that she could go into labor very soon.  Time is of the essence!

PLEASE LET’S HELP THESE YOUNG FILLIES foal safely – and regain their health and the health of their babies!  All donations are 100% tax deductible!  Thank you in advance!

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Tribal mare, 4 year old Keona, is already bagging – she is so skinny, she barely looks pregnant!

Kiki is a pregnant, starving, 2 years-old tribal filly… She has a long hair coat so it covers her protruding bones. Both fillies were rescued from the kill lot.


From Willis Lamm:

The Duck Valley Reservation is a 450 square mile Shoshone-Paiute reservation, over as mile-high in elevation, that straddles the Nevada-Idaho state line.  (Approximately half the reservation lies in each state.)  The area currently is under severe / extreme drought designations, a condition that has affected both forage and water sources.

Many of the western tribal lands contain free-roaming range horses.  During serious drought cycles the free roaming populations not only suffer from lack of nutrition, but their increased quest for food can cause environmental damage.  The tribes then come under significant pressure to remove horses and reduce the pressure on the range.

The only significant market for these range horses is the horsemeat industry.  A few of the horses get acquired by rescue groups to be tamed for adoption or to be tracked for sanctuary.  Keona and Kiki were among some horses found in an Elko, NV feedlot and were purchased in order to remove them from the “slaughter” pipeline.

When acquired, both horses appeared to be pregnant but were significantly underweight.  (Their condition is somewhat masked by unusually heavy haircoats.)  They also suffered from diarrhea from suddenly being put on rich feed in the feed lot.

The group that rescued these horses experienced an unrelated emergency and had to hand them off to LBL Equine Rescue in Silver Springs, NV.  Now the delicate balance point involves increasing their nutrition, but doing so carefully so as not to cause more digestive problems and possible failures in their pregnancies.  As they become more stable, they can receive more advanced veterinary care in order to ensure both their health and that of their expected foals improves.

The pinto palomino is Keona.  She is already showing signs of her udder bagging up so a foal may appear soon.  Kiki is the bay and is the boss.  Both horses are currently being fed small amounts of hay and prescribed supplements several times a day in an effort to stabilize their digestive systems.

These were unanticipated arrivals at LBL that weren’t budgeted for.  In addition, the mares should receive some formal veterinary care in the near future, and due to the sketchy nutrition while in utero, the foals will likely need special monitoring and support for their first few weeks.

Eventually the mare and foal pairs will be made available for adoption to qualified parties, subject to clearance by the veterinarian.

PLEASE HELP!  And THANK YOU in advance!  These mares and their babies will have a bright future if we can bring them to health!

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Rare newborn black rhino calf takes her first wobbly steps at Dubbo Zoo

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A rare rhino calf has taken her first wobbly steps under the watchful eye of her mother in adorable footage.

The critically endangered Black Rhino calf was born at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, NSW, during the early hours of February 24.

The newborn was filmed standing next to her mother Bakhita in the Zoo’s behind-the-scenes calving yard later that day.

Video footage showed the yet-to-be-named calf attempt to balance on her four legs, before falling backwards into the sand.

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The youngster kept trying to remain upright, as her mother watched on.

Once the rhino was able to stay standing, she began to follow Bakhita around the enclosure.

Her front legs acted as a solid base for her slow movements while her back two wobbled nervously.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo Director Steve Hinks said: ‘This is the fourth calf for experienced mother Bakhita, who is the Zoo’s most successful Black Rhino breeding female and also the first female Black Rhino born here.’

The mother-daughter duo are being monitored by zookeepers through CCTV to give them space to develop their bond.

‘This calf is especially important as it carries the legacy of our Black Rhino breeding bull, Kwanzaa who sadly passed away in 2020,’ Mr Hinks said.

‘Kwanzaa played a prominent role in the Black Rhino conservation breeding program here in Dubbo, siring four calves, and it is such a great feeling to see his final calf arrive safely.’

Bakhita and her calf will remain behind-the-scenes for the next couple of months before they are moved back to the Black Rhino paddock on the Zoo circuit.

The public will be able to watch the baby’s progress via Taronga TV and social media.

The zoo in central western NSW has been very successful in breeding Black Rhinos with four calves born in the last six years.

Black Rhinos are critically endangered with estimates that there are less than 6000 remaining in the wild.

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