Raleigh, N.C. – The Corolla Wild Horse Fund is reporting that William, the wild horse foal born June 12th with many health complications, has made great strides in his recovery over the past week.
William (born Guillermo) was taken to the ICU at the veterinary hospital at North Carolina State University in Raleigh shortly after he was born. Veterinarians believe he was born prematurely and tests revealed a variety of problems.
After undergoing surgery on his bladder, William has been steadily improving. His feeding tube was removed on June 25th and he was introduced to a nurse pony from NCSU so he could begin nursing.
William has also been introduced to a surrogate mother, Pebbles. If William continues to improve, he will be discharged (with Pebbles) to a veterinary hospital near Raleigh for continued monitoring. Pebbles will stay with him until he is at least four months old.
“He’s doing better now. He’s had a couple of setbacks. He’s progressed way better than they ever expected but he’s also had some setbacks as he goes and right now we are just waiting on – he’s got some abnormal liver enzyme levels so we are just waiting on to find out why he has those and what we can do treatment wise,” Christina Reynolds, Herd Manager for the Corolla Wild Horse Fund told NewsChannel 3’s Todd Corillo Friday.
Thanks to an overwhelming outpouring of support from the community, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund was able to raise nearly $25,000 to help with William’s medical costs.