New mother My Special Girl and her colt are bonding fast. Credit: Penn Vet
A colt, whose birth was streamed live on the Foal Cam as part of a Penn Vet initiative, was welcomed into the world by his mother My Special Girl and a team of veterinarians on Saturday night.
And starting today, the public can take part in a weeklong poll to decide on his name.
The live-streamed birth, the first from Penn Vet, is still available in video format online, and also represents the very first artificial insemination for the mare. More than 130,000 viewers have tuned in to the Foal Cam.
But the birth wasn’t without complications, said Jonathan Palmer, chief of the neonatal intensive care service at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center. The colt came out a “bit depressed and not responding as well as we’d like to see him.”
The foal was administrated medication to stimulate his heart rate, and both mom and baby are being monitored. “We don’t anticipate that he’s going to have other problems.”
My Special Girl is a bit overwhelmed as a first-time mother but her instincts are kicking in, the doctor said.
The colt weighed 104 pounds at birth and measured nearly 40 inches from crown to tail. He was delivered at 9:22 p.m. Saturday night, about 20 minutes after My Special Girl’s water broke.
Mother and baby will remain in Penn Vet’s intensive care unit for a few more days, then get transferred to the reproductive unit. My Special Girl will nurse her colt for about six to eight months.
Doctor Rose Nolen-Walston, assistant professor of medicine, who lives on a nearby farm, will then adopt him. He will become a sport horse and will be trained by Lisa Fergusson, who was once on Canada’s Olympic evening team.