We are very sad to report that Lily, the so-called “paintball pony” adopted by former Daily Show host Jon Stewart and his wife, Tracey, then brought to their Bufflehead Farm in Middletown, has died after a fall. This is especially upsetting since she’d been reportedly doing “very well” and was set to live a life free of abuse in a setting surrounded by other rescued animals. Lily’s former owners have been accused of using her for paintball practice (which they denied); she was covered with over 100 paintball marks when she was found, abandoned, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in March.
The news was shared in a post on the farm’s Facebook page, The Daily Squeal, which read, “It is with the deepest sadness that we share with you that dearest, sweetest Lily passed away yesterday. She went peacefully surrounded by so many that loved her. We stroked her hair and told her over and over again how loved and special she was. She was under her favorite tree on soft grass. She will live on in our hearts and in our fight to protect, love and cherish all animals.”
Another post elaborated on what Lily’s life was like at the farm. “Lily loved her time in the paddock munching on grass. During the day Lily got massages, baths and lots and lots of hugs. She slept soundly in her barn listening to soft music. Her favorite Pandora channel was Ray Lamontagne.”
Tracey Stewart shared a message via the group Farm Sanctuary, writing, “She stumbled and fell hard on her neck causing a break. When we knew there was nothing more we could do for her we covered her in kisses and kind words and said our good-byes. Our hearts are aching. We had so many more fun plans for her. She was beyond special and beyond loved.”
That Lily was so well cared for in her final days is a silver lining, as is the fact that the good work of the 12-acre Bufflehead Farm in caring for rescued animals will continue.