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Wiconsin vet carries foal to safety

Dr. John Tracey rescues the newborn filly after finding it in a gully.

By Vetstreet Sep 4, 2013 2:19PM

Dr. John Tracey carried this filly to safety after she was found in a gully / WKBT

Last month, Dr. John Tracey, a large-animal veterinarian in Wisconsin, got an early morning call from Sue Ann Krause. She said her horse had given birth overnight, but she couldn’t find the foal. Tracey soon arrived at Krause’s property to help her search for the missing filly. They followed an area where the grass was matted down into a valley, where Tracey spotted the rare cremello horse lying on the ground. It had been storming overnight, and they didn’t know what time the foal had been born, but Tracey knew he had to act quickly to save her.

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"We carried it back up to the pasture uphill. Made me realize how bad of shape I'm in," Tracey said with a laugh.

Krause and her husband took the filly to an intensive care facility in Madison, where she got the nutrition and monitoring she needed. Now, the healthy horse, who has been named Tracey after her hero, is back home and doing well.

— Read it at Wisconsin’s WKBT

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Photo: Dr. John Tracey carried this filly to safety after she was found in a gully. / WKBT

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