Eeyore! In the Black Hills

Did you know that Custer State Park has donkeys who run wild? They are fairly tame though. Bob had great fun watching me balance and walk across an extra wide cattle guard that was similar to this photo so I could get a closer look at them and some photos.

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Now mind you, the guard I crossed was crowded with people and cars all flocking to see the donkeys. But it was this color with very wide spaces between the bars.

It was worth the crossing though! The “Burros” (which is Spanish for donkey) are undomesticated. They were released into the park after the original herd that took visitors to the top of Black Elk Peak had their job discontinued. So the donkeys there today are descendants of the working donkeys.

They are also called Beggar Donkeys as they have learned to beg from the tourists. And the tourists have spoiled them rotten with vegetables and apples.

They were tame and soft. Some larger than others. I especially liked the one with the black stripe!975f5930-c938-4ac0-bec6-d93fada9a69d.jpeg
So as Eeyore might say, “Guess I’ve seen everything now! Donkeys being fed by tourists and begging rather than foraging the prairie of delicious grass! Oh well. Tomorrow is another day. Maybe, I will get some free food if I find some tourists. We’ll see.”

Author: Molly Lin Dutina

Now passed 48 years as wife to Bob! Still deeply loving that man!! He is often responsible for the photos I post.

3 thoughts on “Eeyore! In the Black Hills”

  1. We had the most hilarious experience with them. Our car had a sunroof that was open and the donkey came along and stuck his head in the sunroof wanting the potato chips he smelled in our car. John kept rolling down the windows as the rest of us tried to roll them up. The three females were screaming. The donkey also licked the windshield!

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  2. My brother and I had asked for a pony, but Dad got us a donkey- George. He loved to sneak up behind you and bite your shoulder muscle. Ouch! But he was alot of fun, especially when cousins, aunts and uncles came. He entertained everyone.

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