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A Calf, a Flood, and The Fantastic Heroes Who Saved Him

December 16, 2016

Poncho the Brangus bull, like many thousands of other Louisiana residents, was displaced by 2-trillion-plus gallons of rainwater that flooded and wreaked havoc on the state in August.

At the time, he was only one month old. Fortunately for this little guy, members of the Babin family noticed his struggle and dove in to help. When he was found, he was standing in a ditch with water up to his chest and had been there for nearly five long days.

Once he was helped out of the ditch, he was quickly taken to the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales to meet with Matt Welborn and his wife Nancy, both professors at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon arrival, the Welborns immediately noticed that poor Brangus was severely dehydrated and began administering fluids as soon as possible.

After further assessment, Matt Welborn, along with other medical professionals, found that Poncho wouldn't stand, take a milk substitute, or eat hay. The reflection from the water in the ditch, along with the toxicity in the murky water, gave him corneal ulcers.

His skin was found to be in terrible condition from being submerged in water for such a long period of time. He was soon transferred to the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital where he received more intensive care.

Poncho's health finally began to take a turn for the better after several weeks of close monitoring and treatment. After two months, he was released back to the Babin family who initially rescued him.

"He never gave up - he was this one little piece of positivity in the midst of all this sadness. He made everyone who met him smile. He was my light during a very trying and difficult time," said Nancy Welborn.