Vets Expecting This Horse To Give Birth To A Normal Baby Witness Something Crazy Instead
When you’ve been on the job a long time, you can start to forget why you started your career in the first place. It doesn’t matter what career you choose; everybody can get burned out from time to time. It’s only natural.
After 30 years of working with horses at Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. John Schlipf had seen pretty much everything. But every now and then something would happen that would make him fall in love with his work all over again.
When he was called to help a horse deliver a foal, he didn’t expect it to be anything out of the ordinary. That’s when this simple call turned into one of those special moments that defied the odds!
Dr. John Schlipf has been a veterinarian for over three decades, and as such, he’s seen more than his fair share of amazing things. However, when he was called to help deliver twin foals, he couldn’t believe it. “I’ve been doing this for 30 years and this is only the second set of live twins I’ve seen,” remarked the doctor.
Twin foal births are extremely rare, and a birth where both foals wind up surviving is even rarer still. This is usually because horses just aren’t built to deliver more than one offspring at any given time, and it puts enormous strain on the mother’s body.
Clearly Mocha and Cappuccino never got that message, because they were both born alive and kicking! However, it didn’t take long for things to get a little bit more difficult for the newly born horses. The situation got dangerous quickly…
The poor male foals couldn’t nurse from their mother, so they weren’t getting the nourishment that they needed in order to survive. It was crucial that they found a way to eat, or else they were doomed to join the sad statistics of twin foals who don’t make it past two weeks of age.
Luckily for Mocha and Cappuccino, the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University was just a quick trip away. The hospital was able to provide them with the food they needed, plus antibiotics and lots of seriously healing cuddle time.
The students at the veterinary school cared for the two foals 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They weren’t going to let anything bad happen to these little sweethearts. Soon, they were getting a chance to see their personalities really start to develop…
At two weeks old, the foals passed a major marker in development. Cappuccino quickly revealed himself to be the bigger, bolder, and most mischievous of the two, while Mocha suffered from an angular deformity that required special treatment and physical therapy.
While Mocha might have some catching up to do with his twin brother, he isn’t letting his birth defect hold him back! According to the veterinary staff, he is already eagerly trying to run! Easy does it little, guy—you’ll get there someday.
The doctors at the college have high hopes for Mocha’s progress, too. “He will always be the smaller horse,” said Dr. Trina Westerman, a member of the treatment team, “but with bandaging [he] should have normal limbs.”
The story of these two foals beating all the statistics out there is truly inspiring. Just watch them in action if you need even more proof that these two horses are absolutely exceptional. You won’t be able to stop yourself from smiling.
It’s truly exceptional that both foals made it—the odds were so stacked against them! Way to go, Dr. Schlipf. It’s not every day that we get to witness a miracle like this one.
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