A miniature horse foal has been welcomed into the world after the earth moved for his startled father.
The tiny colt was conceived on the night of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in November last year.
His New Zealand grand champion father, Rocket, was so spooked by the shakes he jumped over three fences into a paddock full of mares.
Marlborough owner Angela Smith said he was just making sure they were safe, but the wily stallion took advantage of his freedom to create a lasting memory of the night.
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While unsteady on his feet and measuring barely 84 centimetres tall, the as-yet-unnamed foal has all the makings of a future champion.
Proud mum Fly, 9, delivered the colt two weeks early last Wednesday.
And staff at the Vet Centre, in Blenheim, who helped care for the tiny new arrival, are running a …
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