When I first heard about this story my eyes welled up with tears. It’s fit for the script of a Disney Movie, except it’s a million times better because it’s real. It serves to remind us of the very important lesson that beauty is on the inside. And also: Kids are much better people than grown ups.
Maddison Biddlecomb, a six year old British girl, comes from a family that raises horses. When Diego the pony was born, he had a rare disease called Wry Nose that left his face disfigured, causing him to get the title Ugliest Pony in the World and also a death sentence from Maddison’s parents who wanted to have him euthanized since his misshapen jaw makes it difficult for him to chew.
Maddison wouldn’t allow her mother to do this because she loves the pony despite its looks. If your an easy crier like me, this is when you need to grab the Kleenex. The little girl said: ‘Diego is my best friend and I don’t care what he looks like, to me his face makes him special. He’s so lovely. We have a lot of fun playing games and he likes to chase me around the field.
I love him lots and he gives me kisses and cuddles. People shouldn’t say he should be put down because of what he looks like, it doesn’t matter to me. My friends really like him too and we have so much fun feeding him. He’s the best horse ever.”
(Insert pause for you to wipe your eyes.)
Maddison’s mother is glad with her decision to keep Diego alive, saying, “It was a struggle the day after he was born but he’s come on leaps and bounds and is doing fantastically. Maddison adores Diego and has formed a great bond with him. They have even been found cuddled up together asleep in the field in the sun. He certainly knows he’s loved.”
Maddison is trying to raise money to get Diego surgery to fix his deformities and may even be able to do it. Who wouldn’t open their wallet and donate after hearing this adorable story of a little girl who knows beauty is on the inside?