Horses praised for saving the life of one of their own

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A pair of horses in the care of Wood Green, The Animals Charity have been praised by staff for helping to save the life of a fellow equine.

Resident horses at the charity Cherokee and Bilbo were among six beasts to donate blood, which enabled the critically ill Germaine to make a full recovery.

She was admitted to Fellowes Farm Equine Clinic with sudden onset diarrhoea and her condition continued to deteriorate as protein levels in her blood fell to dangerously low levels.

Without essential proteins flowing, living creatures struggle to circulate their blood properly and as a result of this Germaine required a transfusion.

Cherokee and Bilbo, who are also used by the Riding for the Disabled Association, were presented with certificates for their bravery.

Veterinary surgeon Stuart Thorne commented: "Transfusions are often required quickly so time is of the essence. We cannot stress enough our gratitude to these horses and their owners."

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