A tiny foal rescued on Sunday from a California ravine will have lifesaving surgery, after an online fundraising drive quickly met its $US10,000 target.
The GoFundMe page to help little Valentine was closed at $US15,233, which will comfortably cover care for the foal who had such a rocky start to life.
The Fremont Fire Department and local officers with animal services were called in on Sunday to help rescue Valentine from Morrison Canyon, which is a very steep and rocky ravine.
Authorities believe he may have been there for two days and was estimated to be only a week old. Many have expressed surprise he survived at all, given that he was found in water.
The colt is now being bottle-fed under the care of the Tri-City Animal Shelter.
However, as assessment of an injury to Valentine’s back leg reveal he had a fractured pelvis.
The break is very close to an artery, and there is a chance the moving bone may damage the artery, with potentially fatal consequences.
His best chance is surgery, which is expected to cost about $US10,000.
The page raised $US15,233 in a matter of days, and was formally closed just minutes before the publication of this report.
Valentine is said to be a fighter, and is being tended to by vets from the University of California, Davis, who will organize the surgery.