By Associated Press - Friday, April 27, 2018

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) - Wild donkeys have returned to a western South Dakota park after a wildfire caused injuries to the herd.

The Legion Lake fire in December led to injuries for all nine burros in Custer State Park, including burns, dehydration and hoof damage. Three burros were euthanized and the rest were removed from the park to receive veterinary care.

Four burros have returned to the park this week, in addition to four new wild donkeys donated by Beaver Creek Buffalo Co., the Rapid City Journal reported . Mark Hendrix, the park’s resource program manager, released the burros back into the park at an event Thursday.

Two burros are still being treated for injuries.

Kayla Brown helped nurse the injured burros back to health at the Fall River Veterinary Clinic.

“Just give it a little time, and they’ll be back in car windows,” Brown said. The burros are known to approach vehicles and snatch food from visitors.


Information from: Rapid City Journal,

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