Whether you are human or animal, pregnancy is a wonderful, but complicated milestone in any parent’s life. We call it “the miracle of life,” and rightly so — the ability to bring another being into this world is nothing short of an everyday miracle. Just as humans can run into difficulty during pregnancy, so can animals. In the case of Chaperona, a mare who gave birth to the baby horse in the photo below, she could have lost her baby if it weren’t for the help of people around her. It was early in the morning when Beaverlea Roye-Manderbach, Chaperona’s guardian, received a call. The mare had given birth, but she was six weeks early and the little foal who just entered the world was immobile. Like any animal lover, Roye-Manderbach wrapped the baby, named Tamara Rose, in a blanket and took her to receive immediate medical care.

According to Roye-Maanderbach, “she had only been there for maybe an hour before we found her. Between her being a preemie and the cold morning, her odds didn’t look extremely good,” Roye-Manderbach. Survival would not be easy for little Tamara Rose, who was born six weeks premature. Her body temperature was so low that it did not register on the thermometer. The first step to helping this little one grow past these difficult times would be to keep her warm.


Tamara Rose the premature baby horse was severely underweight at only 29 pounds. To put this in perspective, a healthy foal from a 1,000-pound mare should weigh about 100 pounds. 

According to News of the Horse, “The first two weeks of the foal’s life, named Tamara Rose, were very hard for her. She had seizures, bed sores, and a host of other medical complications from being born so early.”

But after a month of constant care, this little filly’s wobbly legs are strong enough that she can walk on her own. She even cries when she hears somebody warming up her milk.



Thanks to the Roye-Manderbach’s will to save this premature baby horse’s life, little Tamara Rose is alive today. We hope that her tough times are over and she’ll continue to grow stronger and learn how to be a little filly with the help of the humans around her.

All image source: News of the Horse