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Days-old donkey found stranded on street near Moreno Valley

 

Last updated 5/3/2019 at 10:29am

Riverside County Department of Animal Services

MORENO VALLEY - An injured newborn donkey that became separated from its mother and wandered onto a street just north of Moreno Valley was receiving veterinary attention on Thursday, May 2 and expected to make a full recovery.

The wild burro, believed to be at most three days old, was found by a good Samaritan Wednesday morning, standing in the middle of Winship Way, near Center Street, in an area known as Reche Canyon, the Riverside County Department of Animal Services said.

Retiree Roger Eldridge said he was driving away from home when he encountered the motionless burro and immediately became concerned for its welfare.

Eldridge enticed the wayward donkey back to his yard, where his wife, Judy Barker, took over husbandry.

"That little donkey was by itself,'' Barker said. "There was no mother. It was all by itself. She is very, very young -- and very friendly.''

The couple contacted animal services, and Officer Christopher Peck arrived later that day, loading the baby burro onto a trailer and taking it to the Western Riverside County Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley.

Riverside County Department of Animal Services

An injured newborn donkey that became separated from its mother is receiving veterinary attention and expected to make a full recovery.

A cursory examination revealed a long gash on the donkey's hindquarters, according to agency spokesman John Welsh.

He did not know how the wound happened but said that it was treated and will heal. In the meantime, veterinary technician Sharon Gonzales, a donkey lover, is giving personal attention to the newborn, ensuring it receives adequate nutrition and exercise as it stays at her property until gaining strength, according to Welsh.

Peck speculated that the animal was left by its mother, possibly when she went to feed with the herd and the baby burro became frightened, wandering into the residential area for refuge.

Wild burros roam the hills throughout Reche Canyon, between Highgrove, Colton and Moreno Valley.

According to Welsh, the burro eventually will be placed for adoption or transferred to a rescue organization, possibly the nonprofit DonkeyLand.

 

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