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Mongo returned home after eight years of roaming with wild mustangs in northern Utah. (Photo courtesy: Shane Adams)
Mongo returned home after eight years of roaming with wild mustangs in northern Utah. (Photo courtesy: Shane Adams)


FIELDING, Utah (KUTV) — A horse has returned home after eight years of being lost and running with wild mustangs.

Shane Adams lost his horse, Mongo, while camping in Utah’s West Desert. Just this week, the two were reunited. Early on a spring morning, when there was still snow on the ground, Mongo made a run for it. The horse was tied up outside Adams' tent, but not tight enough. A herd of wild mustangs ran past the camp and Mongo took off with his newfound friends. Adams scrambled out of his tent in a state of half undress and tried to stop the horse, but he was too late.

Impossible or not, Adams was not about to give up on Mongo and traveled from his home in northern Utah to the West Desert every weekend for three years in search of his trusty friend. He bought everything he could think of to scope out and safely get Mongo back home.

Eventually, time and money ran out and Adams had to give up on his search and move on. While he bought another horse, he never got rid of Mongo’s personalized halter he had specially made for his “big goofy head.” As time passed, his kids grew older. His son made up songs about missing Mongo, while he talked about Mongo in the past tense. Gone forever -- or so he thought.

This article is an excerpt. The full article originally appeared KUTV-TV and is available in it's entirety on KUTV-TV. This excerpt is published with permission from KUTV.

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