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Unbridled Happiness Breaks Out as Miniature Horses Visit Sick Kids in the Hospital

"They almost look like mythical animals, like they should have wings on."

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There are very few places more in need of holiday cheer than the children's ward in any hospital.

Fortunately for the children who will be forced to spend this holiday season at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center, there are people like Jodie Diegel and her miniature horses, Mystery and Lunar. Jodie runs a unique animal therapy program called "Mane in Heaven."

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Recently, Diegel brought the miniature horses to children's hospital, giving the kids the chance to pet a therapy animal unlike anything they have ever encountered, while distracting them from whatever health problems they face.

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Judging from the faces of the children and those of the hospital staff, the program is a smash and Mystery and Lunar can expect an invitation to return in the near future.

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If you are wondering (as we were) about the problem often associated with animals that are not housebroken, Diegel has that handled. None of the horses are fed before being transported to the hospital. With nothing in their bellies, there is nothing to be expelled.

Watch the report filed by the Associated Press.

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