Elderly Animals (10 photos)

Photographer Isa Leshko recently traveled around the US to photograph animals in their final stages of life.

“I began the series as a means of exploring my feelings about my mother’s decline due to Alzheimer’s Disease,” she says. “As I’ve worked on this project, though, I’ve come to realize that these images are a testament to survival and endurance. And they raise questions about what it means to be elderly.”

The photos say everything.

Emden Goose, Age 28.Embden Goose, Age 28, II
Blue the Australian Kelpie, Age 19.Blue, Australian Kelpie, Age 19, I
Handsome One the Thoroughbred Horse, Age 33.Handsome One, Thoroughbred Horse, Age 33
Teresa the Yorkshire Pig, Age 13.Teresa, Yorkshire Pig, Age 13
Marino the Bronze Turkey, Age 5.Marino, Bronze Turkey, Age 5
Red the Chow Mix, Age 14+.Red, Chow Mix, Age 14+
Two Finn Sheep, Both Age 12.Finn Sheep, Both Age 12
Rooster, Age Unknown.Rooster, Age Unknown
Kelly the Irish Wolfhound, Age 13.Kelly, Irish Wolfhound, Age 11
Pumpkin the Morgan Arabian Horse, Age 28.Pumpkin, Morgan Arabian Horse, Age 28
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