Lester Murrow can’t help but laugh as his donkeys pick crackers out of his mouth.
A year and a half ago, he couldn’t find any reason to smile though when he visited his animals.
Hurricane Harvey brought six feet of water on his property.
His camera captured the moment he returned and discovered some of his animals survived.
The video has 650,000 views on social media.
Because of this, he says he received money from the site.
Funds he used to start IMA Survivor Sanctuary on his property near Cleveland.
Lester Murrow says, “Well, if it weren’t the viral video, we wouldn’t never have had a chance to start the sanctuary.”
Murrow might get a chance to do even more.
Right now, one of his recent videos has gone viral again.
This time, his bull, known as Tex, ran into trouble while playing with his rubber ball.
Murrow: “uh oh, that’s a barbed wire fence.”
Moments later, the ball popped leaving the longhorn heartbroken.
Murrow: “I’m so sorry, buddy.”
After slamming the ball to the ground, Tex took off.
Lester Murrow says, “He didn’t understand how that ball could one minute be alive and well, and then next minute it would be laying there flat.”
Nearly 100,000 people have watched the bull meltdown.
Tex isn’t sad any longer though.
A dozen strangers mailed red balls.
The sanctuary knows it’s not only good for his bull but possibly the other animals.
Murrow is hoping the latest viral video will generate money, which will keep him even busier feeding even more animals.
Lester Murrow says, “My dream is to have a rescue, not just a sanctuary.”
According to local media, Murrow ended up with 12 donated balls.