We are celebrating Old Friends this week! Here is 23 year old Papa Antonio’s story.
Papa Antonio was once wild, living on public land in Nevada for 21 years until he was rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management. He then was transferred to a holding pen in a Nevada prison where he stayed for months. CAPE, in partnership with American Wild Horse Campaign, rescued Papa almost one year ago to the day and brought him to the CAPE Animal Sanctuary. He was very scared. He did not want anyone to touch him, especially on his face and ears. With time, love, patience, and the help of our trusted vet and farrier, Papa has been able to settle into his new life.
He’s the smallest in the rescued herd, but has gained respect and formed relationships with his new family of burros. He now walks right up to CAPE’s animal caretakers for scratches and he loves to have his face gently rubbed. Papa Antonio’s transformation has been heartwarming to witness. We are so thankful we could provide him a safe and loving home to live out his life in peace. In celebration of Papa Antonio’s one year anniversary of being rescued, we will be sharing videos throughout the day.
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