She’s a beautiful, old soul.
With jet black hair and sad, gentle eyes that say much more than her underweight 19-year-old frame allows.
Nothing is known of her history, how long she went without food, or how long blindness has clouded her left eye.
She was abandoned, a victim of circumstance, hard times, and debilitating drought.
And she isn’t alone.
The Perfect Storm
For nearly a year now, Texas has endured a punishing combination of drought, consecutive days of climbing 100 degree temperatures, vanishing water supplies and, now, pockets of sporadic wildfires racing across acre after acre of cracked earth.
Currently, 96 percent of the state is facing exceptional and extreme drought conditions, with area lakes dropping as much as 41 feet in some cases, according to a National Weather Service Drought Information Statement issued September 8, 2011, with little to no relief expected in the upcoming months.