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FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) - At Camp Carter’s YMCA Equestrian Center near Fort Worth there are two new additions.

An emu named Elvis and a donkey named Magic Mike.

The Humane Society of North Texas says they were living in horrific conditions just a few weeks ago.

Investigators seized 173 other animals on the property near Sanger in Denton County.

Recently, the non-profit got custody of the animals.

Investigators say they immediately noticed a special bond between Elvis and Magic Mike.

They say both the animals were neglected and had to turn to each other.

Magic Mike had an injured leg and immediately investigators say Elvis was his protector.

“He keeps an eye on that donkey at all times and the donkey knows where he is at all times as well,” says Karen Roseborough who is the Equestrian Director at Camp Carter YMCA Equestrian Center. “It is a very unusual relationship.”

Roseborough says the two are inseparable. They eat, sleep and play together.

The pair were adopted this week and now will play around on a 125 acre ranch.

Camp Carter’s YMCA Equestrian Center works closely with kids with disabilities.

Roseborough hopes the unlikely friendship will teach the kids who come to the camp a valuable lesson.

“I’m hoping it’s going to show the kids it doesn’t matter what you look like you can be friends no matter what,” says Roseborough.

The Humane Society of North Texas is still trying to find homes for bunnies, more donkeys, doves and pigeons taken from the same property.

Investigators say they believe the owner was overwhelmed and could no longer take care of the animals.

The Human Society of North Texas always needs help with hay or money to buy animal feed.

To see how you can help, go to the Human Society of North Texas’ website.

 
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