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Horse Walks Over To Best Friend's Casket, Smells It - Then It Happens (Video)

When Wagner Lima, a semi-professional Paraguayan cowboy, died in a motorcycle accident, everyone who was close to the cowboy knew that his beloved horse, Sereno, would be grieving alongside his family and friends.

Mr. Lima, 34, died after he crashed his motorcycle while riding it along an urban beachfront on New Year’s Day 2017. The cowboy’s brother, Waldo, was devastated to learn of his brother’s death, and quickly concluded that Sereno would have to attend his owner’s funeral.

In an interview with ‘The Sun’, Waldo spoke at length about the incredible bond between his brother and Sereno. “Wagner’s life was this horse,” he said. "He had a passion and a great love for him. Sometimes he would even stop buying things for himself to make sure he could afford to buy horse feed.”

Even after Mr. Lima received enormous monetary offers from prospective horse buyers, Waldo reveals that “[He] always refused to sell him [Sereno].”

The loving bond between Mr. Lima and Sereno is clear to anyone who attended Mr. Lima’s funeral. As the procession marched through Cajazeiras, Brazil, Waldo recalls how Sereno whimpered and grieved whenever he caught the scent of Mr. Lima. "This horse was everything to [Wagner], it was as if the horse knew what was happening and wanted to say goodbye,” added Waldo. “All the way to the cemetery he was whimpering and stomping on the ground.”

The incredible scene reached its most heartbreaking moment when Mr. Lima’s casket was removed before the ceremony. Catching a strong scent of his former owner, Sereno began whinnying and looking around excitedly. However, when the animal approached the casket, it was clear that Sereno recognized that Mr. Lima was gone.

"It was an unbelievable thing to see the way the horse behaved. If I hadn’t been there I wouldn’t have believed it myself," said Francielo Limiera, a long-term family friend. “As we brought the coffin out at the beginning of the funeral, [Sereno] sounded like he was crying and as if he recognized that his owner was finally leaving him. He pounded the ground with his hooves and kept on whinnying. It was very sad."

Waldo believes that Sereno was laying his head on the casket in an attempt to reach Mr. Lima, telling ‘The Sun’: "[The] horse saw its owner's face through a crack in the coffin and spent a long time smelling it."

Marcelo Servos, an experience veteran who works for the Brazilian Horse Racing Federation, believes that horses are capable of realizing and mourning the death of their owners. This is supported by a growing body of evidence that horses are actually more intelligent than we first thought.

However, even after 20 years of experience with horses, Mr. Servos still thinks there is so much to learn. “I've seen more fantastic stories than this and I’m sure this can happen,” he said. “I do not say it happened specifically in this case, but it is possible."

Source: Little Things
Photo: Little Things, Caters News via MailOnline

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