Fans of miracle foal Valentine raise cash for pelvis surgery

Valentine was hopelessly trapped in a steep ravine when found. Photos: Fremont Police Department/Facebook
Valentine was hopelessly trapped in a steep ravine when found. Photos: Fremont Police Department/Facebook

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.

Little Valentine has plenty of friends in the wake of his rescue on Sunday.
Little Valentine has plenty of friends in the wake of his rescue on Sunday.

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.

Valentine is now resting comfortably, but needs surgery on his pelvis.
Valentine is now resting comfortably, but needs surgery on his pelvis.

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