Cripple Creek concerned over shot, missing donkeys
September 23, 2009
CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. (AP) – One of the donkeys that roams the historic mining town of Cripple Creek is recovering from a gunshot wound and another is missing.
The free-roaming herd of 11 donkeys is a living reminder of when the town 115 miles southwest of Denver was a gold mining boom town. Donkeys were used to haul ore carts in the mine and were let loose when the boom went bust.
It’s not clear if any of the current burros are descended from the original herd. Tarzan, the missing donkey, came from a donkey rescue group.
People are concerned because Tarzan disappeared about two weeks ago, when another donkey was shot in the left flank. That donkey, Sweetpea, is still under a vet’s care.
The donkeys are protected by town ordinance and tended to by a community group.