Even outside of injury, the fate of the two best friends remained very uncertain. All 850 horses from the roundup were put up for adoption — and in seeking a home, Hawk and his only friend could be split apart.
As the weeks passed, Hawk's leg wasn't getting any better. The BLM considered euthanizing him, but fortunately, the agency tried one last option: They contacted someone who might be able to help Hawk's leg heal, allowing him to go on to live a full life at a sanctuary.
Obviously, Chief would have to come along, too.
"[Hawk] was about to be euthanized," Clare Staples, founder of Skydog Sanctuary, told The Dodo. "And the other we took ... They were so bonded we didn’t want to separate them."