Breeze, a Dartmoor Hill pony was found in a state of shock and dehydration, just hours after he was born.
A farmer in England found the foal, and said his mother was nowhere to be found, and he’d “been seen trying to suckle from a number of mares.”
The farmer brought him to the Mare and Foal Sanctuary where he received extensive care and nutrition.
But, without his mother, Breeze was lonely.
“Although his carers here at the sanctuary worked around the clock to look after him, it’s not quite the same,” said Syra Bowden, the executive director at Mare and Foal.
The sanctuary keeps donated stuffed toys on hand to comfort the orphaned foals, but their latest donation was spoken for by another foal.
So staff members reached out to the community for a cuddly companion to keep Breeze company, and donations began pouring in.
A jumbo teddy bear named Buttons has become Breeze’s snuggle buddy through the nights, and the sanctuary staff say his condition appears to be improving.
“It’s been wonderful to see Breeze interacting with his new teddies and cuddling up to them when he goes to sleep. They are great company for him and provide comfort during the brief periods when his carers are not present,” Bowden said.
Watch the absolutely adorable video of Breeze cuddling up with his teddy bear Buttons:
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