For the first years of his life, Platero, who is also known as Pippy, ran free on public land with his family of wild burros. He was rounded up by the BLM in Nevada and was kept in a holding pen for many months. CAPE was contacted by a partner organization who was concerned about his welfare.
He is still a bit shy with humans but has a very close friendship with Celina, Penelope and Billy who share a pasture with him. Burros form very close bonds with each other and are often protective of one another. It’s always a joy to see him enjoying the sunshine, a good roll in the dirt, and to watch him bravely take a peanut from one of his caretakers.
Celina is a wild burro who lived in a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding pen for years before being rescued by CAPE. While in the BLM holding pen, she was terrified of her new surroundings and untrusting of the humans who cruelly rounded her up.
Thanks to the work of CAPE staff and volunteers, Celina now lives her golden years running with the herd of rescued burros at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary. At an approximate age of 32, Celina still retains some of her wildness, but with time, she has earned the trust of CAPE’s Animal Caregivers. Celina is especially bonded with Pippy, who was rescued from the same holding pen.. She spends her days grazing close to the herd and can be seen playfully nuzzling some of the other rescued burros.
In June of 2012 Sophie and Vita, and over 100 other burros were cruelly captured during the Bureau of Land Management's Cibola-Trigo burro round-up in southwestern Arizona. They were placed into the BLM's holding system, eventually being transported to Wyoming. Despite everything they have been through, Sophie and Vita have stayed together through three years of transports, holding pens and auctions. Sophie and Vita are now safe at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary and they will live out their lives together. They are shy with humans but continue to transform as they spend time with the equine herd.
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Why does CAPE rescue donkeys and burros?
• The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) chases wild horses and burros into holding pens using helicopters in order to use the land for cattle grazing. The burros are separated from their herd and many are injured during the round-ups. • Wild horses and burros are confined in holding pens where they can linger for years. Many end up going to slaughter if they are not adopted. • In some parts of the world, donkeys are used as “beasts of burden” living lives of abusive service.
What can you do to help end their suffering?
• You can help by adopting a plant-based diet. This will reduce the cattle industry’s impact on the public land that is home to wild horses and burros. • Be aware of legislation that affects wild horses and burros. Voice your opinions to your legislators at every opportunity. • An informative resource is The American Wild Horse Campaign, www.americanwildhorsecampaign.org. • Avoid any industries that use donkeys as “beasts of burden”.
Interesting Facts About Burros:
• Burros and donkeys have a large number of facial muscles that express emotions, especially around their eyes and lips. • Burros and donkeys have excellent memories and can remember places they have been to and other animals they have met. • Burros and donkeys can hear another’s bray up to 60 miles away. • Burros and donkeys are capable of independent thinking and decision making, especially regarding their safety. • Burros and donkeys are social animals and need to be with a herd. If they get lonely, they can become depressed.
“Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace." ~Dr. Albert Schweitzer