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(NECN: Anya Huneke, Hinesburg, VT) - Friendships come in all shapes and sizes, between different ages, races, and genders, and - on one farm in Vermont - different species. A very young, very sick horse, abandoned by her mother was, in essence, saved by a couple of barn-mates who were looking for friends. When Tilley was born almost four months ago, she was frail, sick, and under-developed. Jamie FellFell-Vallee Equestrian Ctr. "She was teeny, teeny, teeny." Tilley, who weighed less than 50-pounds, was having seizures and was unconscious much of the time. Her mother didn't want her. And other adult horses on the farm didn't seem to, either. And as much as Jamie fell, her daughter, Liz, and her mother, Joan Lavallee tried to care for her at the Fell-Vallee Equestrian Center in Hinesburg, Vermont- There was only so much they could do. Jamie "She wouldn't eat, or do anything... she was just trying not to live." LavalleeFell-Vallee Equestrian Ctr. "We didn't have really high hopes for her, but we were going to do our darndest to get her through it." Their 'darndest' came in the form of two goats, Kyra and Anke, who were young kids at the time themselves- 5 months old. The family had gotten them as farm pets. But as soon as they introduced them to Tilley, it was clear they would become much more. Jamie "Right away- they wanted to be with her, sleep with her, cuddle with her- it was almost like they knew she was sick." The bond, Fell says, formed instantaneously. All of a sudden- Tilley, it seemed, had a reason - and a will - to live. Jamie "As soon as the goats got involved, things got better really fast." This is Hannah, Tilley's mother, and a 10 year-old mare. Tilley was her first fowl - and a very unhealthy one... so, it seems, her instinct was to reject her. Joan "I really do think it was nature's bid- telling the mare to get rid of the foal- this liability." Hannah and Tilley are now kept apart. Tilley lives instead with her new best friends. Jamie "No matter what time of day you come, they're always together." The three play together, though sometimes identities get intertwined. Tilley has picked up a habit of head-butting. And Kyra and Anke are learning to jump. They exhibit canine tendencies as well. Breaking down whatever species barriers they can. Clearly- it matters less to these three *what* they are than what they mean to each other. Liz "If Tilley gets cold, the goats pile on top of her and keep each other warm." The friendship formed under dire circumstances, and grew out of loyalty and trust. Jamie "I'm quite certain the only reason Tilley is alive is because of these two goats." Now- this trio's bond, though unusual, is unmistakable, and quite enviable at that.