Baby William

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.

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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.

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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 CWHF photo

William in ICU-
note his little stuffed horse to the left
CWHF photo

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~

19 responses to “Baby William

  1. Thanks for sharing little William’s story, Dianna.

  2. As hard as it is to witness, the Momma horse is following her instincts and, had no one intervened, little William would have been a goner. I’m glad they did but now he’ll never rejoin his herd. Not sure what the “right” answer is… keep us posted. That photo in the backseat is a heart-melter!

    ❤ MJ

  3. I hope people who see your blog and follow the Corolla Wild Horse FB page will donate to Little Williams bills. With over a million people who follow their FB page, if everyone just donated $1, it would help Little William and the herd. I plan on donating what I can to his care and, of course, will be praying for this precious little life!

  4. Precious. Glad to see the help that he received. Made me remember the countless lambs, calves, and piglets that we bottle fed when I was growing up because of various reasons. Thanks for the update.

  5. Fingers crossed for the little guy!

  6. This would certainly explain why the mommy and herd wern’t nurturing him like they should. They knew something was wrong with him. I’m so glad this was recognized, and he is getting the help he needs. Good luck baby William.

  7. Oh my goodness. Sweet little man. I’m relieved that he got rescued. Good for you to be so alert. Good Luck William

  8. How sweet the new little orphan is and I’m glad he’s getting stronger. Having had two foals of our own I know how fragile they can be. Luckily he’s got the best care available. I hope he lives a long and happy life with some lucky family!

  9. Poor William! I am happy he is getting stronger!

  10. Beautiful photos and extraordinary story! Thank you for caring
    and for sharing this experience with us.

  11. Hopefully he’ll have a perfect recovery and be a healthy little guy with a long and happy life after he’s adopted. He’s already special in that he’s a little survivor but I bet he has even more special days ahead – this little guy’s a “fighter” ! Will keep tabs on William.


  12. I hope his story will have a happy end. Such moving images!!

    Mersad Donko Photography

  13. Let us know anything else you hear…
    I’m glad he’s improving …
    Hopefully he’ll be transferred to some loving owners and get healthy !

  14. It is so hard to let Mother Nature take its course in cases like this. We have had the same thing happen here in MN in regard to bald eagles babies. The photo of the little guy in the back seat makes me weep. Thanks for caring about him.

  15. Oh sweet Baby William! I am clicking on over there right now. I know these horses are so important and I agree–every little donation helps. He is in Raleigh at NCSU where my son went and I am sure he is in good hands. Thanks for telling us all about him.

  16. Every time I read this my heart hurts and yet is uplifted- if not for their alert surveillance and quick actions, that little colt would not be warm and safe. Love that picture. Just shows a forlorn little skinny colt can be a lion at heart! Oh how I hope he continues the good fight!

  17. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    So happy William has received help. He deserves a chance. Will pray for the little fellow. ❤

  18. Bless his heart. My positive thoughts are with him to heal quickly and be with a caring loving family. 🙂

  19. Thanks for the info. He is so cute! I would have been concerned, too, and am glad they look after the little ones, to make sure they are thriving. So thankful for so many who work and give to help them.

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