Hundreds of people have called asking whether the National Show is canceled in light of the High Park Fire in Fort Collins, Colorado. The answer is no! The show will go on.
An equal number have expressed concern about the animals in the High Park Fire. I found this article in The Coloradoan and thought you all would enjoy it. (Also note, that the location of this donkey and her friends is The Ranch- pictured below):
Donkey Saves Four Other Animals From High Park Fire
Written by Elizabeth Willner for The Coloradoan
What can a donkey that has faced down a bull elk, a moose and a bear do to one-up her accomplishments? Face down the High Park Fire.
This past week a 5-year-old mammoth donkey named Ellie saved herself, three Percheron draft horses and another donkey from the wildfire burning west of Fort Collins. As the fire burned into Paradise Park, forcing residents to evacuate, Ellie and the other animals kept calm in an area pasture.
By the time Larimer County sheriff’s deputies and volunteers arrived three days later to evacuate the five animals to The Ranch in Loveland, they found the animals grouped together in the same area where they had been left. One other horse had fled to a nearby pasture, but the five, including Ellie, were safe.
When help arrived, Ellie walked right up to one of the rescuers and put her head against his chest, said owner Greg Van Hare.
He said he’s convinced that Ellie, a “very smart donkey” who loves people, was one of the main reasons all his animals pulled through: she leads the other animals and takes charge in dangerous situations. “Ellie doesn’t put up with crud,” Van Hare said, describing one of Ellie’s encounters with a couple of neighboring stallions. “She put her ears back and starts walking toward them. She gets about 10 feet away, and the stallions turn and leave. I don’t know if its attitude or what it is.”