Didn’t I write this last winter? Didn’t I tell you all about a baby that I knew someone would take that died after a roundup?
Little Hope died after his feet sloughed off from being stampeded during Calico. I said that I would take him and it would cost BLM nothing… but they let Hope die after his vet report (if you remember it had no intake or treatment dates) said he got horsey ibuprofen by the experts as treatment while his hooves literally separated from the bone…
Well today I saw a brand new baby that had been born in the filth of holding… he struggled in the slippery surface with wind gusts of over 35 mph to stand… I don’t know for how long. I decided he needed help and went to the office to get it. He (and mom) needed to go to drier ground and he needed fluids… mom was attentive.
I made two calls and at least two approved BLM adopters would take the pair. I went to the office….
John Neill and a wrangler went out (after I went back to the pen and started photographing again). They drove the truck between my lens and the baby… took a liquid from the truck and drove off… baby in the cab. I looked at mom and she looked at me…
I went back to the office area where Neill and the wrangler were… they got back in the cab and drove through a mare pen and back to the “off limits” area where you can’t see anything.
All day dump trucks were leaving in a caravan taking what appeared to be manure from the back.
I walked in and left my number with Tim Greene to call me with the foals prognosis and repeated that I knew someone who would take the pair.
I got a call from a very upset friend… not ten minutes after I left… she said Tim was going to call me… they euthanized the baby.
I thought I was getting that baby help… but instead they “took out the trash.” (this is my BLOG and that’s how I see these animals treated… like garbage.. not an animal protected by an act of Congress).
I edited this to get it out… it’s not the best edit… but I feel like I’m goung to puke.
Baby never had a chance…
BTW: I have not seen the new babies I photographed two days ago… they are “somewhere in the back.”
WE all know BLM will come up with some statement about the baby… that he had an anomaly or was sickly… I can tell you a horse in the Antelope complex would never choose a muddy fecal filled hole to give birth in… an open area in 35 mph winds… I saw those mares run and run at a time of year that they never should be run.
I heard the raidio transmissions one day from the spotter saying horses were by the “cattle guard” and used my vehicle to determine those horses were at least ten miles away regardless of what the BLM “update” says. In that group of “about 14″ spotted only 9 made the area of the trap… three heavily pregnant.
When will BLM stop using a published fiction to facilitate ease to ranchers and contractors to determine when the safest time of year is to stampede our symbol of freedom into cages?