Orphaned Foal and His Stuffed Animal Are Reunited Years Later

Posted by Paige Cerulli
All images: Mare and Foal Sanctuary

When an orphaned foal needed someone to cuddle, a stuffed animal filled the need. Now, years later, the two have been reunited. 

Do you remember the adorable images that circulated social media back in 2013? A bay foal cuddled with a stuffed animal nearly twice his size.

That foal was Breeze, an orphan who came into the Mare and Foal Sanctuary when he was just a few hours old. He needed round-the-clock care, and Buttons the Bear served as a companion to the young horse.

breeze-1A orphaned Dartmoor Hill Pony called Breeze snuggles up with a teddy bear at the Mare and Foal Sanctuary in Newton Abbot, Devon. Breeze sleeps with the teddy every night to keep him comforted. 29/05/2013

Eventually, Breeze grew large enough to leave the sanctuary and Buttons the Bear behind. Currently, Breeze lives with a herd while he continues to grow up, and he is thriving. When he's old enough, Breeze will be available to a good home.

But then, Breeze and his stuffed animal were reunited for a fun photo opportunity. Breeze is a lot larger now than he was as a foal, but it looks like he remembers his cuddly friend quite well.


Breeze owes his survival to the hard work of the staff at the Mare and Foal Sanctuary. The sanctuary, located in Devon, England, works to rescue, rehabilitate, retrain, and rehome horses.

Taking on an orphaned foal is a challenge, since these foals require intensive care. But luckily for Breeze, sanctuary staff were up for the task.

Want to see more of Breeze? He was featured in the sanctuary's 2017 calendar.

What do you think of this sweet story? Tell us about it in the comments below. 

All images: Mare and Foal Sanctuary

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