You most likely recall this photo I posted last week after our most recent trip to see the wild horses of Corolla, North Carolina. It was my favorite picture taken that day.
That is Baby William. At birth, each of the Corolla wild horses is given a Latin name: his official name is Guillermo. Since I published that post last week, little William’s life has changed dramatically.
I’ll provide links if you’d like more info, but here’s the situation in a nutshell: apparently William was born prematurely, and in addition to some health issues, also had a mother who wasn’t very patient with him. According to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund (the organization who cares for the horses), she moved around quite a bit, making it difficult for him to nurse.
Back to the photo I took: William and four adult horses were in one of the canals in the Corolla/Carova area. None of the other horses were paying any attention to William at all. I thought that strange, because certainly ONE of them was his mom. I had no cell phone coverage, but kept my eyes peeled for one of the CWHF tour vehicles, hoping to let them know of the situation.
Not seeing any, we returned to that area a short time later, and found William and the other horses on land. I was relieved.
The following day, there was a post on the CWHF Facebook page that William had been removed from the herd and taken to the vet. The heat index in that area had been over 100 every day since he was born. William had been carefully monitored since birth, and his health was deteriorating. They feared that removing and trailering his mother would be too traumatic for her.
Does this photo not tug at your heart strings?
William en route to vet photo courtesy of Corolla Wild Horse Fund
William was taken to North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where he began undergoing tests. It was determined that his bladder was leaking urine into his abdomen, and he was immediately taken to surgery. Since that time, he has been in ICU, with the original report giving him a 60% chance of survival.
The update yesterday was much better. His catheter had been removed, he was no longer on oxygen, and he was learning to drink from a pan in hopes of removing his feeding tube. Once he has recovered, he will, most likely, be adopted. After all the human contact, he won’t be returned to the herd.
William in ICU-
note his little stuffed horse to the left
The best way to learn more about William and follow his progress is by way of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund Facebook page.
A GoFundMe account has been started to help with Baby William’s medical expenses. I realize we all have our preferred charities, and perhaps a tiny wild horse isn’t on your list. However, if you’re so inclined, please click on the GoFundMe link (above) to donate even a couple of dollars to help with Baby William’s medical care.
Perhaps because we saw him “in person”, Motor Man and I have been especially touched by William’s story.
Keep on getting stronger, Little One. We’re all pulling for you.
~These Days Of Mine~