Greeting the funeral car as it pulled up to the ceremony was a white horse – an unusual enough sight in itself. What happened next, though, astounded everyone even further. Indeed, it seemed as if the animal was mourning the loss of his owner in the most heart-wrenching way.
And the feeling had been mutual, as in life Wagner de Lima Figueiredo had also loved his horse Sereno. Figueiredo had been a semi-professional cowboy and often took part in rodeo shows to compete for cash prizes. When he wasn’t in the saddle, though, the equestrian worked as a local authority clerk in his hometown of Paraiba, Brazil.
At the time tragedy struck, meanwhile, Figueiredo had owned Sereno for eight years – time enough for the pair to become very close. Indeed, in an image of the pair together posted to Facebook in November 2016, Figueiredo described the animal as “my horse, my friend.”