Re: Barbaro Update
[size=12pt]BarbaroÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Once Beautiful Flesh Now Almost Completely Rotted Off[/size]
Just days before the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby, and not yet two years removed from BarbaroÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s triumphant visit to Churchill Downs, thoroughbred experts say the noble steedÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s beautiful body should be in its final, grotesque stages of rotting into dust.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Who knows. By the time the starting gates open on Saturday, Barbaro could be nothing but a few bits of bone, teeth and mane,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Jeffrey Pichmeer, a large animal veterinarian. Ã¢â‚¬Å“All that would remain would be some sticky, reddish and very smelly dirt.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s horse was put to rest on January 29, 2007, but while his spirit lives on inside all of us, giving us comfort in time of need and inspiring us to achieve greatness, his body has been ravaged by insects and bacteria in the past 15 months.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“When Barbaro lived among us, one glimpse into his eyes was like looking into your own soul. The truths of life were in his eyes,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Dr. Barbara Levin of PennÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s New Bolton Center. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But when he was dead and buried, his eyes were the first things to go. Really. Worms and pincher bugs will eat those out immediately because horse eyes are so big and juicy. Especially BarbaroÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, no doubt. Those bugs will eat right through the eyelids and suck out the eyes.Ã¢â‚¬Â
While Barbaro was a godlike figure in his all-too-short time on life, he was buried like a common horse, as no coffins are big enough for horses Ã¢â‚¬â€œ even if one existed deemed worthy of holding Barbaro for all eternity.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Once he was dead, we just buried him in a big hole in the ground,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Dr. Levin. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t as big as you might think, though. Because we first sawed off all of his legs to sell them for glue. Well, we tried to saw them off. Turned out the saw was dull. So we just sledgehammered them off and wiggled them around like crab legs until they broke off.Ã¢â‚¬Â
While many horseracing fans at Churchill Downs expressed sadness over the news of BarbaroÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s near total decomposition, others felt his rotting will finally give them some closure.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not a day that goes by that I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mourn dear, dear Barbaro,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Marsha Henman, a Louisville housewife. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I gave him my whole heart. But now that his heart is worm food, maybe I can move on. Hopefully he is now fully restored up in heaven, with a midget sitting on his back whipping him again and again and again. I am sure he misses that. God knows I miss watching it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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