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The beginning of Gypsy’s story was not an easy one. Her mother, Estrella, came to the SPCA of Texas as an owner surrender, skinny with a multitude of untreated wounds and a severe mouth infection. Our veterinary staff didn’t think pregnancy would even be possible when Estrella first came to us due to her poor body condition combined with her countless other injuries.
As Estrella continued her journey of healing, a few short months later she gave us the most shocking surprise – she had given birth to a beautiful foal, who we lovingly named Gypsy. Little Gypsy was found one morning in the stall with Estrella- happy, healthy and unafraid.
We initially feared that Estrella would be unable to provide an adequate source of milk for Gypsy due to her still improving body condition, yet Estrella was determined to take care of her baby. Thus, Gypsy was born into the world not knowing the hardships her mother previously faced and this was evident in her eagerness and undoubted bravery when interacting with people.
Gypsy has been a blessing to the SPCA of Texas, proving that no matter the circumstance, with the right support and lots of love, you can overcome even the most unexpected of changes, that the hardships you were previously dealt don’t determine your future and most importantly- that sometimes even the most daunting situations can yield the most beautiful outcomes.
Gypsy now spends her days reminding Estrella of who’s the actual boss around here. Gypsy is so vibrant and full of life with the funniest and largest personality we have ever seen in such a small body.
Gypsy’s favorite hobby is sticking her tongue out, we have yet to decide whether this act is intentional or not, as sometimes Gypsy will start blankly into the pasture all the while her little tongue is flopped to the side of her mouth.
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