Heroic pony shields her two-week-old foal from barn fire

From USA Today

Picture1Some say a mother’s bond with her child is unbreakable, that a mother would go to the ends of the earth to keep her child safe. This was never more evident than in the story of this mother-daughter duo. Meet Bella and Butterscotch, two ponies whose bond saved them from a terrible barn fire. In early April, the barn that Bella and Butterscotch lived in caught fire in Alvarado, Texas. While fighting the flames, firefighters found dead chickens and sheep, but when they came across the ponies, they found something amazing. Bella was blocking her then two-week-old foal, Butterscotch, from the flames. “She actually kind of backed the baby into the corner and stood over her and shielded her from the fire and the debris that was falling,” said Whitney Hanson of the Humane Society of North Texas.

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  1. Barbara Griffith · ·

    This one of the reasons that I have always suggested that if you have a barn where you have animals ALWAYS HAVE OVERHEAD FIRE SPRINKLERS INSTALLED. The sprinklers would have prevented all of this. Every time I read about a barn fire I know it could have been prevented so easily.

  2. We Mothers have a special love for our children, and animals do too, we want only good things for them and hope they are taken care of the best we can do, and protect them as long as we can. I am sending lots of prayers for the 2 of them and hope they recover from this horrible fire.

  3. Heart warming and so very special!!

  4. Mary Croft · ·

    Truly amazing story…horses are wonderful.

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