Unwanted Horse At ‘Kill Lot’ Gets Showered With Gifts After An Awesome Rescue.
It's been told time and time again how animals have a sixth sense. They can feel and know things most humans are oblivious to. Whether it's sensing someone being ill, when they themselves are not well, to recognizing when good souls are around them.
Japanese scientists Monamie Ringhofer and Shinya Yamamoto of Kobe University have been studying horses and their behaviour. In a report published in the Animal Cognition magazine, they argue that horses try and do communicate with people. The study says "horses possess some cognitive basis for this ability of understanding others' knowledge state in social communication with humans."
This proved to be key in the survival of one beautiful horse.
A horse named Bubbles was sent to a kill lot in Texas.
Animals that are deemed still strong enough will get auctioned and bought by farmers while those believed to be too old and weak are sent to Mexico to be slaughtered.
Sarah McGregor, spokesperson for Becky's Hope Horse Rescue (BHHR) in Frisco, Texas, explains this common practice.
"Oftentimes, the horses or donkeys are old, or the owners lost their property, or the owners passed away or simply are unable to care for them and they are sold to auction," McGregor says. "If they are not bought at auction by people or other farms, the slaughter pipeline will buy up all of the animals and resell them."
Bubbles seemed to be ignored by everyone visiting. Almost a sure sign that he would be sent to be killed.
"When we went to bail the mini donkeys from the kill lot, this skinny, grey gelding walked straight up to our trailer, pass the gates, disregarding the commands of the kill lot employees," BHHR wrote on their Facebook page. "He was intent that this was his ride out of there."
The staff couldn't stop looking at Bubbles whose ears were curled from frostbites.
Bubbles waited for all the mini donkeys to line up and pass him before he could get on the "freedom trailer."
Luckily, BHHR had enough funds to pay for Bubbles.
"There was just no way we could leave him behind," the BHHR volunteers admit.
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