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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Rare one in 10,000 birth at Shawnee Animal Hospital successful

  • The Shawnee Animal Hospital experienced a rare occurrence; twin horses were born.
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  • The Shawnee Animal Hospital experienced a rare occurrence; twin horses were born.
    Dr. Mike Steward said one in every 10,000 horse births result in twins and there’s only a 20 percent survival rate after that.
    The sisters are almost a week old and Steward said they other than a few minor complications, they are both doing great.
    “The smaller one had severe diarrhea after she was born,” he said but added she is over that and is healthy now.
    Steward said the bigger of the two wouldn’t nurse for a while and now they have to administer plasma injections.
    “She didn’t get the right antibodies at the beginning,” he said.
    While the procedure is risky and expensive, Steward said without the appropriate amount of antibodies the filly could easily get an infection, which would make her extremely sick and possibly result in death.
    “They took a lot of care to make sure they survive but they’re doing good,” he said.
    The two have an older sister and Steward said she is an excellent barrel racing mare and added the twins come from a great blood line.
    “This pair’s worth a considerable amount of money,” he said.
    For now the twins, refereed to as Little Bright and Little Red, are jumping around and chasing each other around the barn area with their mother while awaiting plasma but Steward said soon they will be ‘out of the woods’ and said the owners are ready to see that happen.
     
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