Hello Papa Antonio!
This sweet old man has been through a lot. He roamed free on public land for decades, but he was rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management and separated from his family. He spent the year prior in a Nevada prison getting little to no socialization.
We can only imagine how much stress and trauma he must’ve experienced. CAPE is proud to have partnered with American Wild Horse Campaign last year to offer Papa Antonio a peaceful life at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary with a rescued herd of burros.
He was transported to CAPE’s trusted vet immediately after rescue for a full health check and to learn how to trust humans and walk on a lead. He is the smallest burro in the herd, so we introduced slowly. Today, Papa Antonio is a vital part of the herd and we love him dearly. If we give him enough belly scratches and good grass hay, he will walk up for brushing, let us put a halter on, trim his hooves and load into a trailer. We have gained Papa’s trust and respect which means so much to us.
To learn more about BLM round ups and Papa's rescue, check out Episode 8 of CAPE’s Speaking of Animals: www.capeanimals.org/speakingofanimals
Photo by the Amazing Therese Hukill Derock
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