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Rosie, Guanajuato Mexico 2013Then there was Rosie: Found in a broken-down corral where a livestock dealer kept cattle and goats, she had apparently arrived with a group of cattle, in miserable condition, and had an old fracture of her radius. We just couldn’t leave her there, so we bought her for the equivalent of $17.00 (a healthy burro is worth about $30.00), loaded her in borrowed trailer, and took her to place where she could get care and rehabilitation, and an adoptive home. You can see the fracture: right about where a small pickup truck would hit a burro’s forearm. Burros are often injured this way as they graze on the unfenced shoulders of the roadways and people don’t slow down. The fracture had healed, after a fashion, and this really gentle animal (there ARE no bad burros…) was getting around pretty well. However, because she had limited access to food, she had been eating a lot of garbage. (Sorry for those of you who are less veterinary oriented: I just HAD to include these pictures of plastic bags in burro poop….likely a “first” for many ) She also had a nasty bleeding sarcoid (skin tumor common in donkeys in warmer climes). All in all: some analgesics, some antiparasitics, a corrective hoof trim, and cryosurgery on the sarcoid and “Rosie” (her new name…no idea why) is enjoying life and looking for a new future either in San Miguel or the USA (anybody know a good ‘coyote’? Dogs are a lot easier to bring back to the states…) e