Foaling by Flashlight at Cornell Vet School During Storm Blackout

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Trees crashed down around the beautiful campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York last weekend as a powerful storm barreled through central New York. The campus was without electricity for 24 hours, according to a university news source.

Veterinarians were assisting with the birth of a Thoroughbred foal at the Equine Park when the lights went out on Saturday night. The attending veterinarians gathered up flashlights and continued delivering the healthy foal.

A second Thoroughbred foal was born on Sunday, just as the lights came back on.

Carol A. Collyer, director of the Equine Park, said that in her 20 years at the Park, she had never worked through such a long power failure.

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