Interesting Fact: "Donkey" and "burro" are two words that refer to the same animal. "Donkey" is used to refer to the domesticated version, and "burro" is used to refer to smaller donkeys or wild donkeys most commonly found in the West.
Billy, a domesticated burro, was abandoned in the Nevada desert. He managed to find miners working in the area who took care of him until they had to leave. Billy ran after the trucks as they left. CAPE was contacted and Billy was brought to the sanctuary. He was under nourished and thin when he arrived. Today he is healthy, handsome, and very sociable.
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Trixie and Misty grew up together and needed to find a new home. These elderly mini-donkeys are so bonded we knew they should not be separated. They are never far from each other in the barnyard pasture that they share with the goats and pigs.
Penny is a gentle soul who was rescued from a neglect situation. Her hooves were so overgrown that walking caused her excruciating pain. After many visits from the farrier, her hooves are back to normal and she is pain free. Penny now grazes peacefully in the equine pasture.
Why does CAPE rescue donkeys and burros? • The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) chases wild horses and burros into holding pens using helicopters in order to use the land for cattle grazing. The burros are separated from their herd and many are injured during the round-ups. • Wild horses and burros are confined in holding pens where they can linger for years. Many end up going to slaughter if they are not adopted. • In some parts of the world, donkeys are used as “beasts of burden” living lives of What can you do to help end their suffering? • You can help by adopting a plant-based diet. This will reduce the cattle industry’s impact on the public land that is home to wild horses and burros. • Be aware of legislation that affects wild horses and burros. Voice your opinions to your legislators at every opportunity. • An informative resource is The American Wild Horse Campaign, www.americanwildhorsecampaign.org. • Avoid any industries that use donkeys as “beasts of burden”. Interesting Facts About Burros: • Burros and donkeys have a large number of facial muscles that express emotions, especially around their eyes and lips. • Burros and donkeys have excellent memories and can remember places they have been to and other animals they have met. • Burros and donkeys can hear another’s bray up to 60 miles away. • Burros and donkeys are capable of independent thinking and decision making, especially regarding their safety. • Burros and donkeys are social animals and need to be with a herd. If they get lonely, they can become depressed.
“Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace." ~Dr. Albert Schweitzer