Rural Iowa Animal Rescue knew their latest arrivals had a special bond, but they weren’t prepared to see how a donkey named Recca skillfully served as the seeing-eye guide for her blind horse buddy, CoStar.
During their first day at the animal rescue, workers noticed that wherever Recca went, CoStar followed.
Amanda Johnson from Rural Iowa Animal Rescue said in an interview with WOAI news, “We watched as everywhere the donkey went, the horse was right after her. We watched, if the donkey got too far ahead, she’d slow down and turn around and come back and let the horse know she was there just by touching her with her nose.”
It turns out that CoStar had an accident at some point in her life that left her completely blind in her left eye and partially blind in her right eye.
And although she is described by the rescue group as sweet and trusting of humans, she relies on Recca to help her get around. The horse becomes very nervous when she cannot hear or touch her best friend.
Recca is described by the organization as a friendly donkey that is in her teens. She loves the attention she is receiving at the rescue ranch, but is completely dedicated to CoStar and returns to her often to help her find her way.
Recca is helping CoStar adjust to their new home.
Johnson said, “When we first put the water tank out we tried to show CoStar where it was, but she lost her bearings, so Recca would go over and nudge her until she found it.”
The group has now attached a small pink cat bell to Recca’s halter to make it easier for CoStar to find her.
Rural Iowa Animal Rescue wants the pair be adopted together so they can remain “pasture buddies” for the rest of their lives. An adoption application can be found on their website. The organization rescues horses, farm animals and other animals.
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