Marcy Christmas continues to negotiate with the owners of a steer named Panda who had been purposely set on fire last year in a barn at the Paso Robles High School, Calif. campus reported kcbx.com.
At only five-months-old, Panda had been doused with lighter fluid and set on fire. On the morning of October 16, 2013, a student found the steer in the barn; the animal's face and around his eyes, his shoulder and back line had been severely burned. Panda's owner, Dylan Wilkinson, 16, nursed the steer back to health. The animal was part of the FFA program.
In May, Paso Robles resident, Garrett Kaplan, 23, was arrested after a lengthy investigation and charged with animal cruelty. He has pleaded not guilty.
No one was sure if Panda was ever going to recover, but he did, and according to Wilkinson has a great temperament. At the beginning of the month, Panda was set to go to slaughter. Along came Marcy Christmas, who wanted to rescue the steer instead and send him to the Animal Place, a 600 acre sanctuary in Grass Valley. Christmas felt that an animal that had suffered that much with the severity of his burns deserved to live his life out in peace rather than be slaughtered for meat.
Christmas offered the Wilkinsons $10,000; almost double the price of what they would have received selling Panda for his meat.
As of now, however the father of the young man who owns Panda said he isn't selling; he is grooming Panda to hopefully win Grand Champion which could mean more money in the future. Christmas says the offer still stands.
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