More sad news as one of our wandering Burros, Taco, had to be euthanised yesterday at the vet clinic. He suddenly began to show intense colic signs yesterday mid morning and Leo rushed him into the clinic. Upon examination, his condition was so bad that we had to make the quick decision to have him put down so that he would not continue to suffer.
A necropsy was performed which showed he had liver failure which had possibly caused a secondary infection which was affecting his intestinal tract. There was nothing we could have done and being a tough donkey, he did not show the signs until it was too late.
Sally and I thank the Hickey Family for meeting Leo and Taco at the clinic and for being there with him as he was put down. He passed very quickly.
We have had Taco for quite a few years and he enjoyed his time freely wandering the rescue's forty acres, leading the Burro herd and exploring the Mesquites. He had a very good Donkey life at Shiloh and he will be badly missed...
Taco was always getting into trouble- and if it didn't find him, he liked to seek it out. Here he gets "dramatic" on City Center...
Grazing by the Mesquites with his good friend, Margarita...
Getting after Donkey Otie!
And of course, his most favorite thing to do- going through the trash!
This has bee a difficult past six months for Shiloh, we have said good bye to many of our friends. But, with so many older and compromised animals living out their lives at Shiloh, saying good bye is part of what we do. All we can do is make sure they have a good quality of life, lots of stimulation and know kindness and compassion from all of us. And, like with a Burro like Taco, be able to appreciate the animals' unique brand of humor and enjoy their friendships while they last.
Rest in Peace, Friend.