Angel, a palomino mare waiting to ship to a slaughterhouse collected 3 foals who's mothers had just been loaded. With her own filly beside her, she nursed all four little lives until she too was pulled to safety.
The phone call came in, "Can you take a mare with a foal?"
"Ah, yes, I have room." I replied and began to rearrange horses in my mind. Who would fit where, and who got along in pasture with one another. An hour later, the phone rang again.
"Apparently this palomino mare has adopted a second foal. She is nursing them both. Do you have the room?"
"Well, yes. It's OK they can come." I rearranged once again in my head and created a place for mom plus two. The next couple of days the volunteers prepped the lower pasture for foals. The third phone call was placed and I had to chuckle.
"Are you kidding me?"
This mare now had pulled in three orphans' and was nursing them along with her own. Shirley explained, "They are all bay foals, we can't tell them apart. She is nursing and treating them all equally.