Incredible Animal Stories
Animals are amaizing creatures, and the following animals deserve to be known!
incredible story--Got to love people who love
animals enough to save one.
Meet Molly. She's a gray speckled pony who was abandoned by her owners when Katrina hit
southernLouisiana, USA . She spent weeks on her own before finally being rescued and taken
to a farm where abandoned animals were stockpiled. While there, she was attacked by
a pit bull terrier, and almost died. Her gnawed right front leg became
infected and her vet went to LSU for help. But LSU was overwhelmed, and this
pony was a welfare case. You know how that goes.
But after surgeon Rustin Moore met Molly, he changed his mind. He saw how the pony was careful
to lie down on different sides so she didn't seem to get sores, and how she allowed people to handle
her. She protected her injured
leg. She constantly shifted her
weight, and didn't overload her good leg. She was a smart pony with a
serious survival ethic.
Moore agreed to remove her leg below the knee and a temporary artificial limb was built.
Molly walked out of the clinic
and her story really begins there.
"This was the right horse and the right owner," Moore insists. Molly happened to be a
one-in-a-million patient. She's tough as nails, but sweet,
and she was willing to cope with pain. She made it obvious she
understood (that) she was in trouble. The other important factor,
according to Moore, is having a truly committed and compliant owner who is dedicated to providing the daily
care required over the lifetime of the horse.
Molly's story turns into a parable for life in post-Katrina Louisiana. The little pony gained
weight, her mane felt a comb. A human prosthesis designer built
her a leg.
The prosthetic has given Molly a whole new life, Allison Barca DVM, Molly's regular vet,
reports. And she asks for
it! She will put her little limb out,
and come to you and let you know that she wants you to put it on. Sometimes she wants you to take it
off,too. And sometimes, Molly gets away
from Barca. "It can be pretty bad when you
can't catch a three-legged horse", she laughs.
Most important of all, Molly has a job now. Kay, the rescue farm owner,
started taking Molly to shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers.
Anywhere she thought that people
needed hope. Wherever Molly went, she showed
people her pluck. She inspired people. And she had
a good time doing it.
"It's obvious to me that Molly had a bigger role to play in life", Moore said,"She survived the hurricane, she
survived a horrible injury, and now she is giving hope to others." "She's not back to normal," Barca
concluded, "but she's going to be better. To me, she could be a
symbol for New Orleans itself."
This is Molly's most recent prosthesis. The bottom photo shows the ground surface that she stands on, which has a
smiley face embossed in it. Wherever Molly goes, she leaves a
smiley hoof print behind!