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âEUR~ValentineâEUR(TM) the Baby Horse Recovers From Injuries After Two Days in a Ravine

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After a hiker found a newborn colt at the bottom of a 150-foot ravine in California last week, good people took quick action to rescue him. Firefighters rappelled down a steep embankment to pick up the injured days-old horse.


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Barb K (1685)
Sunday February 21, 2016, 3:10 pm
Firefighters rappelled down a steep embankment to pick up the injured days-old horse. And when rescuers revealed his broken pelvis could lead to a ruptured artery, possibly making him bleed to death, fundraisers raised nearly $16,000 for his care.

We at Care2 love success stories, and the story of Valentine the horse certainly qualifies. Even his name is a celebration: Rescuers named the foal after the holiday on which they saved him, Feb. 14.

Just before noon that day, someone notified police about the horse trapped at the bottom of Morrison Canyon near Fremont, Calif. Rescuers found him sitting in a puddle of water with a broken pelvis and broken rib. Only about eight days old, he’d been stranded down there for two whole days.

Animal control officer Sarah Cattaneo reports holding Valentine’s head comfortingly as the 80-pound horse trembled in fright.

“He was laying in a creek in a pool of water, he was soaking and shaking,” Fremont officer Sarah Cattaneo told ABC7 News. “He was probably in shock at that point.”

Firefighters used rope and other rescue equipment usually reserved for humans to extract Valentine from the bottom of the ravine. They then transported him to a veterinarian in Pleasanton, where he’d wait to go to UC Davis for surgery. For the rescuers, it was all in a day’s work.

“In the fire service, you really don’t know what calls you’re going to get,” fire engineer and paramedic Osh Ahmad told San Jose Mercury News. “Part of our job is to adapt and overcome with certain situations.”

Meanwhile, nearly 200 people donated via the fundraising website GoFundMe for Valentine’s medical treatment within 24 hours. The page raised $15,233, far surpassing its goal of $10,000, and stopped taking donations on Tuesday.

The Tri City Animal Shelter also accepted donations for Valentine’s care. Staff were floored by people’s support for the lone horse, whose owner is still unknown.

“We’re stunned and speechless,” Sandra Stadler, the shelter’s animal service’s manager, told the Daily Democrat. “I mean, there aren’t words. How do you say ‘thank you’ to something like this?”

Meanwhile, medical staff at UC Davis found surgery ultimately unnecessary because the expected break didn’t happen. Valentine’s now resting at the university for a few weeks as police investigate how he got into the ravine in the first place. His care will cost around $16,000.

“Bones can be sharp, so every time he gets up and down, it’s a risk to the artery,” Stadler continued to the Daily Democrat. “That’s why this is so amazing. Now, Valentine can get all the care that the veterinary people at UC Davis deem necessary.”

“It’s a feel-good story. We couldn’t be happier.”

How’s that for a Valentine’s Day miracle?


Jana DiCarlo (45)
Sunday February 21, 2016, 4:53 pm

Pat B (356)
Sunday February 21, 2016, 5:08 pm
Sooo glad he was rescued. Kudos to the rescuers, animal control and firefighters, and medical staff for helping this little baby!

Thanks, Barb for this! xo

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Sunday February 21, 2016, 6:40 pm
Thanks for sharing Barb!

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 21, 2016, 8:39 pm
Many thanks to all who helped to rescue this cutie. thx Barb

Jonathan Harper (0)
Monday February 22, 2016, 12:15 am

Michael Carney (217)
Monday February 22, 2016, 4:25 am
Wonderful that this baby was rescued!

MmAway M (520)
Monday February 22, 2016, 5:21 pm
Sigh ~
Sorry I am late.
Darling Barb... I signed and will forward for more help.
Thank you for posting this for this precious little one! AGAIN SIGH!!
Please keep me updated with this. Forwarding now darling! HUGS

MmAway M (520)
Monday February 22, 2016, 7:17 pm
Will someone pull out the Care2 petition please. My friends are noting, but one asked where the petition was. Some ARE note on Care2.

Link please I have no idea how to do that.

. (0)
Monday February 22, 2016, 9:19 pm
Noted and signed.. Thanks Barb.

desanka s (416)
Monday February 22, 2016, 9:43 pm
Amazing rescue! I wish Valentine a happy life. ♥
Thank you dear Barb and Marilyn for the forward.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Monday February 22, 2016, 10:29 pm
How in hell did Valentine end up at the bottom of this ravine, did he fall & why he has a broken pelvis & ribs. And where is his mother, she must be worried sick. I am so pleased he was found & rescued & is now on the mend! Poor little one for two days he just laid there in pain & suffering!


Past Member (0)
Monday February 22, 2016, 11:02 pm

Arild Gone for now (174)
Tuesday February 23, 2016, 2:41 am
Thjanks Barb.

mary f (200)
Tuesday February 23, 2016, 2:45 am
thanks Barb and Marilyn for forwarding

Frances Darcy (92)
Tuesday February 23, 2016, 7:24 am
Great resuce.a Marilyn for forwarding, but still no link to a petition
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