Jackson, the first rescued burro to arrive at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary in 2013, died unexpectedly this week.
Jackson, fondly referred to as Jackie or Jackie-Boy, was rescued by the Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (WHPC) after he was found trying to join a herd of wild horses on BLM land.
The day he arrived at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary, the CAPE staff made sure to prepare for what could be a wild animal. The truck pulling the trailer with Jackson inside arrived and parked. The trailer door was opened with caution, and out stepped the sweetest, most loveable burro we could have imagined.
His name was originally Jackpot. But as JP Novic said on the day we first met him, “We are the one’s who hit the jackpot.”
During Jackson’s five years at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary, he delighted in living in the burro pasture. Jackson was the first burro to greet all visitors. He loved to play with his fellow burros, tugging on brushes, pulling hoses, kicking soccer balls.
Jackson will most be remembered for his love of people. He would nuzzle anyone standing nearby, hoping for ear scratches and hugs. He had a special ability to remember people. Once you were a friend of Jackson’s he always recognized you when you returned for a visit.
All of us at CAPE are heartbroken that our sweet Jackson is no longer with us. It is hard to imagine the pasture without his bright eyes, distinctive hee-haw and warm heart. He will never be forgotten.
In the coming days, the CAPE staff will hold a special memorial for Jackson. The pasture will be formally dedicated to him with the placement of a sign that will read “Jackson’s Pasture.”
We miss you and love you our Jackie-Boy.
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