In Boulder, Colorado, a bonded draft horse and his donkey pal survived the worst wildfire season in Colorado history. The pair – covered in soot were lucky; they only suffered minor burns and when found were hungry and healthy.
According to Denver CbsNews, Travis Ochs was forced to flee as the CalWood fire quickly approached his home. He wasn’t able to load his rescue draft horse, Adam, and donkey, Ennis, into borrowed trailers in time, and so he let them loose hoping they would survive. Both horses were 14-years-old and had been together since they were babies at six-months of age.
It wasn’t an easy decision for Ochs to leave the horses behind, but Adam couldn’t fit into the small horse trailer, and he knew he was taking a chance whether the two would survive.
The next day Ochs returned to his home, and all that was left was his stove that had melted. Where were Adam and Ennis? Miraculously, a park ranger found the two horses grazing in a small field of grass surrounded by the scorched forest. They shared their little spot with the deer who survived. The two reportedly licked at the hands of the rangers looking for a bite to eat.
“The #CalwoodFire has burned significant forest acreage at Heil Valley Ranch, particularly in the area surrounding the main parking lot. However, early reports indicate that all major structures and equipment on the open space property have survived the fire! That includes the ranger’s residence, the Altona Schoolhouse, the Corral Trailhead, and the bathrooms and shelter at the main trailhead. Numerous outbuildings and historic structures are assumed to have been lost, as well as bridges and signs. A full safety and resources damage assessment will begin after fire operations have deemed it safe. Please honor the closures; rangers and fire personnel remain on site.”
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