The idea of a newborn animal being immediately slated for euthanasia, despite being in good health, seems pretty crazy to us. But that’s exactly what a baby named Trident, who was only a few hours old, faced.
Trident is a horse, and he was born on an Amish farm in Indiana without the bottom three bones in one of his hind legs, which meant he wouldn’t be able to pull a buggy when he’s older. The farmer planned to put Trident down.
But this lucky little horse was saved by someone who knows all about caring for babies. A midwife named Tuesday Lach was visiting someone on the farm for a checkup, and she learned about Trident’s fate and decided to offer a happier alternative.
Lach’s sister, Dawnell Kilbourne, is an animal caretaker at the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, which cares for animals who would have otherwise had their lives cut short, including many animals with disabilities like Trident’s.
Lach and Kilbourne then reached out to Ronnie Graves at Veterinary Inclusive Prosthetics/Orthotics, which provides mobility gear for all kinds of animals, even elephants, to see what he could do for the little foal.
Graves came up to Indiana from Florida to examine Trident in person and see what could be done. After taking plenty of notes and measurements, he was back off to Florida to fashion him a brand-new foot, and a brand-new lease on life.
[H/T: The Dodo]