This vet in the Netherlands witnessed the touching moment a heartbroken mother horse adopts an orphan newborn foal, after losing her own baby. Dr. Patrick Brogan, even captured the moment on camera and one of the photos went viral online. The scene shows once again, that these gentle creature that we call ‘farm animals,’ have feelings just like us!
The emotional photo shows young mare Zindita, cuddling up with a helpless tiny foal, shortly after they have met at a farm in the Netherlands!
“Two days ago, a group of people came together, working as a team,” the photo caption reads. “Saving a mare in labor but losing the foal… Today a group of people, working together, the same mare as two days ago, was introduced to a foal who had lost her mom. This picture is taken an hour after the introduction and it speaks for itself.”
Everything went according to plan for the pregnant mare, but when she had gone into labor, Dr. Brogan – who was observing her during the pregnancy – noticed that something was wrong. Unfortunately, Zindita’s baby didn’t make it.
“I saw that she was struggling,” Dr. Brogan explained to the CTV News. “There was no way the mare would be able to get the foal out.”
The loss proved to be too much to handle for Zindita, who’s usually a very energetic and sweet horse. She was nothing but sad and heartbroken. However, her consolation was yet to come. A couple of days after the unfortunate moment, Dr. Brogan and his team learned about a newborn foal who tragically lost its mom during birth. It’s when the vet decided to put these two together and not even him would have ever expected to what happened next.
Fortunately, this heartbreaking story has a happy ending, though. The mother mare has immediately taken the hopeless foal and her wing and offered it the love and the comfort she would have offered to her very own baby, On the other hand, the orphan foal got what it needed the most – the warm of a mother!
“We just put the two together, simple as that,” the vet explained. “We were quite lucky in that this mare was so … in love and desperate to take her. From the second she was there, (Zindita) just fell in love with it.”
Watch Zindita and her baby in the video below!