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Animals that I met (and was quick enough to get their photo)

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Animals that I met along the way from the Pyrenees ponies to Albergue mouse catchers

Ponies, always a joy, just a bit far away to see clearly!
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Getting closer to the ponies
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Almost there
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Now close enough to pat
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The famous chicken that saved a Pilgrim (well maybe not the exact same one)
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Warmth and comfort from the stones plus a bit of shade from the sun (Hotel San Anton Abad in Villafranca Montes de Oca)
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Not an animal but a place to park your horse while you are in the area. San Juan de Ortega, opposite the church.
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Maybe an Andalusian? Just past Santovenia de Oca
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Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2019)
One of the smaller animals that I met
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A Stork nest up on high. I hope that it improves the reception!
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Another friendly albergue mouser in San Martín del Camino
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Mother and daughter, Foncebadon
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Free range chicken, Hospital da Condesa
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This plump Tabby was definitely a good mouser, she had just swallowed one whole! Triacastela.
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These beauties (in an open paddock) were just past Triacastela
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A working (Police) horse in Rivadiso. They were patrolling the Camino
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Jeff Titelius

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (León to Santiago) 2018
Animals that I met along the way from the Pyrenees ponies to Albergue mouse catchers

Ponies, always a joy, just a bit far away to see clearly!
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Getting closer to the ponies
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Almost there
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Now close enough to pat
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The famous chicken that saved a Pilgrim (well maybe not the exact same one)
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Warmth and comfort from the stones plus a bit of shade from the sun (Hotel San Anton Abad in Villafranca Montes de Oca)
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Not an animal but a place to park your horse while you are in the area. San Juan de Ortega, opposite the church.
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Maybe an Andalusian? Just past Santovenia de Oca
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What a great idea and distraction from the woes of the world! Here's to keeping the Camino alive in our spirits and filling our hearts with smiles!!DSC_0327 mod.jpgDSC_0467.JPG20180924_104507.jpg20180923_114435.jpg20180920_131326.jpg
 
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Wendy Werneth

Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés from SJPdP (2017)
Camino Primitivo (2018)
Camino de Madrid (2019)
Kumano Kodo (2019)
Thank you @Doughnut NZ for this thread recognizing the non-human animals of the Camino. And thank you to @jungleboy for sharing the photo above of me with the horse in the rain.

Here are some more snapshots of moments I've shared with Camino animals, some happy and some not.

A sweet donkey chained up at Terradillos de los Templarios:
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A very trusting chicken who ate right out of my hand!
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A gentle horse who came to say hello:
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Innocent pigs pleading for me to save them. Have you ever wondered why, with so much pig flesh eaten in Spain, you hardly ever see pigs that are still alive? It's because most of them are kept locked up inside concrete buildings with tiny windows. The only time you'll see them is if you happen to pass by, as I did, when they're being loaded on the truck to go to the slaughterhouse:
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Trying to keep pace with the surprisingly nimble-footed cows on the Camino:
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Seemingly happy cows grazing in a field:
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And then the part we don't often see: unhappy cows, chained up behind bars:
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A calf on a dairy farm, who's been separated from his mother and locked in a cage so small he can barely move around. He's trying to suckle my arm, because he's desperate for his mother's milk. Which he's not allowed to have, of course, because his "owner" wants to sell it to humans who will drink it instead.

And since he's a male and will never produce milk when he grows up, he won't be allowed to grow up. Instead, he'll be slaughtered as a baby and turned into veal.
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The sad reality is that most of the animals in these photos have already been killed and eaten. I wasn't able to save them, but I'm doing everything I can so that others like them don't have to suffer needlessly.

Be kind to every kind.
 

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