Rare twin foals to celebrate 5th birthday with party at Woodward Center in Rancho Santa Fe

Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Equine Hospital invites the community to Sunny and Angel’s 5th birthday party, from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, March 28. Enjoy birthday cake and a chance to visit with Sunny, Angel and their mom, Lena.

Sunny and Angel were born March 28, 2010, to their mom, Lena, a quarter horse who was having her first foal. On that cold March morning in Valley Center, twins were born. Twin births are very rare for horses, and are life threatening for all involved.

Within five hours of their birth, Sunny and Angel came to the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Equine Hospital to receive medical attention. Under the care of Dr. Rodrigo Vazquez and the staff, Sunny and Angel were monitored 24 hours a day. Twins have about a 1-in-15,000 chance of surviving past two weeks of age — this is after beating the odds of even being born.

Sunny and Angel captured people’s hearts around the world with their webcam, watched by many 24 hours a day, and a Facebook page to keep followers up to date. A group of followers called Lena’s foals fanatics was created, as was a Facebook page with that same name. These devoted followers are all friends, though many never met each other except by social media. Some of these folks are coming to the birthday celebration from out of the country (Canada) and other states (Minnesota, Arizona, Nevada) to celebrate these miracle twin horses.

There will be birthday cake for humans and horses, as well as opportunity drawings, merchandise and food for all. The center asks that in lieu of birthday gifts for the twins, please donate items on the Helen Woodward animal center wish list from Equine Hospital and therapy riding, on

For details, call 858-756-4117, Ext. 325, or visit

All proceeds benefit the Helen Woodward Equine Hospital.