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Unusual twin horses reunited after decade of being apart

BY KAITLIN HOLLEY

Last week two brothers were reunited after a decade of being apart.

Their story takes them all the way to Wing, Alabama from Bridgett Fickling’s barn in Glenwood City, Wisconsin, where they were born April 30, 2009.

This was only the beginning of an incredible journey of twin foals Henry and Radar.

Their births defied odds and statistics.

In fact, statistics show less than 1 percent of twin foals are successfully born.

Then, something incredible happened.

Fickling said,”While Horse twins are usually born different sizes this duo came out weighing 50 pounds each.” Henry came out first and surprisingly Radar came out second.  Horse owner Bridget Fickling, loaded both horses up in her car in shock that she had just witnessed a surprise miracle. She rushed them to the University of Minnesota,  College of Veterinary Medicine. Henry spent three weeks in the hospital where he underwent a blood transfusion from a draft horse named Hercules. Henry and William eventually got to return home to their farm in Wisconsin. Fickling was soon faced with some tough decisions. She made the difficult choice to separate Radar and Henry. When she moved 1,328 miles from Wisconsin to Pensacola Florida, she took Henry with her and left Radar behind with her friend Kelly Manor. Once Fickling settled into Pensacola she enlisted a friend to help find him a home locally. Fickling said she was heartbroken to separate the horses and completely had to disassociate with the idea of  her horses being separated. This is where local Hila Gatewood came into the picture. Gatewood became Henry’s  new owner. Gatewood eagerly searched for information about Henry’s long lost twin.Fickling got a surprise call from Gatewood. Gatewood told Fickling that she wanted to know about Henry’s past.  Fickling was overwhelmed with joy and desperately wanted to reunite the brothers.Fickling gave Gatewood all the information she needed to contact Manor (Radar’s owner). Gatewood and Manor started communicating.  Radar and Henry got to be reunited in Wing on Gatewood’s farm.   “When Henry saw and heard Radar he knew that it was his brother and when he heard his twin his head jolted up high with a 360 turn just by hearing his twin brother make a simple noise. It was truly an amazing sight to see,” Fickler said. Radar and Henry now reside together on 40 acres of land, including pieces of the national forest.