Horse is reunited with its owner after running away for eight years to live with wild mustangs in the Utah desert

After eight years on the run, a horse named Mongo has returned home to its owner, Shane Adams. And despite spending nearly half his life with a herd of mustangs, Adams said, „He acts like nothing happened.“

Nearly a decade ago, Adams was camping in the western Utah desert with his horse Mongo when it accidentally got loose. The horse was tied to Adams‘ tent, but when a herd of wild mustangs passed by, Mongo ran away.

Adams rushed out of his tent in an attempt to catch up to Mongo, but it was too late. He eventually had to return home to northern Utah without his horse.

And for the next three years, he returned to the desert on weekends to look for his friend. Without much hope, he stopped visiting the desert and bought another horse, but he kept Mongo’s halter just in case.

Time continued to pass and he never heard from his beloved horse again until September 2022 when the Bureau of Land Management contacted him.

They had recently rounded up a herd of wild mustangs and noticed that one of the horses was more docile than the others.

After taking a closer look, they realized he matched a description Adams had given them years before.

The two were recently reunited, a moment Adams never anticipated. What’s even crazier is that even though Mongo is much older now, 18, and severely underweight, he was ready to get in the saddle.

„It’s crazy that he always acts the same way, the same horse,“ Adams said. “Eight years of wildlife and he acts like nothing happened.”

Welcome home, Mongo! May you continue to live the rest of your years surrounded by the family that lives with you dearly.

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