The moment Betty realized he was safe, everything changed.
Sir Roger Massey was determined to rescue the abandoned bull he had discovered stranded in the forest. Unfortunately, it soon became clear that this was easier said than done.
The fearsome bull, who was eventually named Pappas, would not let anyone near him and would constantly growl when they tried. He didn't know that these people were trying to help him and he was terrified and upset. Nothing would make him stop being terrified. He's learned to be afraid.
“I have rescued four abandoned dogs in this park, but this man is very aggressive,” Massey posted on Facebook.
To help Pappas, Massey tried to reach out to everyone he could think of. He kept bringing him food and drink, and leaving him to eat them from afar. Pappas was okay with Macy's dogs approaching him, but not with people. Save Hope Animal Rescue also provided assistance, but they also had problems at first.
Finally, after spending three weeks alone in the woods, Pappas had had enough. Two volunteers approached him directly and placed a leash around his neck. The volunteers could now clearly see that the poor fellow only had three legs, and was weak from being left alone for so long. It took him a long time to decide it was worth trying because he was too afraid to trust people.
Things changed once Pappas was safe. He no longer felt the need to pretend to be tough. Everyone involved in his rescue was ecstatic when he turned into the cutest puppy who just wanted to be loved.
“He wants to follow his human everywhere and has more affectionate eyes,” Lauren Anton, executive director of Save Hope Animal Rescue, told The Dodo.
Pappas is currently awaiting adoption into foster care, and is embracing every second of his new existence. Hopefully he will find a forever home soon and won't have to worry about falling in love again.