Pony gets transfusion after mother cannot nurse

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September 25, 2007 20:28

 
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A filly was born at Kibbutz Yiron near the Lebanese border on Sunday morning, but the joy over the birth was tempered by concern that the mother, a pony named Mor, was unable to produce colostrum - the initial yellowish milk full of antibodies and nutrients. Veterinarian Avi Yuchtman had to give the filly an emergency transfusion of plasma separated from the mother's blood so the new-born could get the protective antibodies. Both mother and baby were in stable condition, he said. Yiron has a natural lake and an animal preserve that is visited by many thousands of adults and children, who can feed horses, llamas, alpacas, swans, ducks, geese, other birds, snakes, sheep, goats and squirrels.

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