Redwings is celebrating an equine hero who helped to save the life of one of his sanctuary friends.

As a healthy, heavy horse on no medication, Rourke – a 17hh, Irish Draught cross gelding – was the ideal plasma donor when Coral – another charity resident – fell ill.

Coral, a 9.2hh piebald mare, who came in as part of a welfare case, was flagged for losing weight and after staff noticed some redworm larvae in her faeces she went downhill quickly, needing urgent attention.

Coral’s condition rapidly deteriorated

Redwings Veterinary Surgeon Dawn Trayhorn oversaw her care.

“Coral was losing protein from her intestines,” she said. “It was a critical situation, and we could have lost her.

“She wouldn’t have survived without the intensive care she was given, and the plasma from Rourke was vital in getting her to turn the corner.”

Coral has made a full recovery and her future looks bright.

“Coral is now doing great,” added Dawn. “She’s back at Redwings Caldecott Visitor Centre and hopefully can be rehomed at some point in the future.

“Rourke did really well during the procedure and had lots of TLC and yummy dinners afterwards. He’s a real animal hero.

“It’s amazing when we’re able to save a life. The whole team pulls together in situations like this. It’s difficult, but also what we’re here for. Coral and Rourke are very special to us.”

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