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January 30, 2009

Helping Working Equids in Egypt

These vast numbers of working horses, donkeys, and mules play a crucial role in both urban and rural areas providing agricultural energy, transport, and, in many cases, the sole means of generating income for their owners, many of whom live in poverty.

Read more on The Horse at http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=13537

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January 28, 2009

Medical Camp for Donkeys

The Bombay Society for Prevention against Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA) has decided to conduct a medical camp for donkeys.

Read more about it on Express India at http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/medical-camp-for-donkeys/414960/

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January 26, 2009

Fort Worth Stock Show

At Fort Worth Stock Show, donkeys and mules, and their owners, are special breeds.

Read more about them on Star-Telegram at http://www.star-telegram.com/metro_news/story/1164071.html

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January 23, 2009

Freighters of the Early Days

What was it like back in the days before the railroads covered the west?

I know the railroads came to Arizona fairly late compared with some other parts of the country. What I am wondering is how merchandise and supplies and so forth got moved around before the trains came. Did they use mule trains, or were people very self-reliant back then and didn't have to depend on a lot of traffic from the outside?

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Photo Credit: Unknown Photographer

Read the rest of the story in The Arizona Republic at http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/arizonaliving/articles/2009/01/23/20090123azhist0123.html

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January 22, 2009

A Honey of a Day at Parma Park

Wranglers Test Out Mule-Driven Plow at Local Park

Can’t teach an new dog old tricks? Don’t tell Otis Calef that. Otis is a modern-day cowboy who loves to get out in the backcountry with his string of mules and enjoy the wilderness from the top side of a saddle.

Read more in the Santa Barbara Independent at http://www.independent.com/news/2009/jan/21/honey-day-parma-park/

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January 21, 2009

Tradition Dies with Cocklewoman

For many years the wives from the village would work up to 10 hours a day gathering cockles by hand and then take them to sell on donkeys.

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Photo Credit: BBC News

Read the rest of their story on BBC News at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/south_west/7842297.stm

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January 20, 2009

Mobile, Alabama's Mule Man

Mule driver Ted Strange is too polite to say it, but the two mules he drives at several Mardi Gras parades each year may be smarter than some humans who show up to watch.

To read the rest of their story, visit Everything Alabama at
http://www.al.com/living/press-register/news.ssf?/base/living/1232381713205400.xml&coll=3

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January 19, 2009

BLM Seeks Nominations

The Bureau of Land Management is requesting public nominations to fill three vacancies on the national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.

Learn more about how to send your nomination on AG Weekly at http://www.agweekly.com/articles/2009/01/02/country_life/equestrian/equine06.txt

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January 17, 2009

Donkey in the Desert

Marines in Iraq fall for heehaw honey of a mascot. His name is Smoke, he likes hay and long walks in the desert...

Read the rest of the story on Omaha World-Herald at http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=2798&u_sid=10540346

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January 16, 2009

Thief of a Different Kind

Police were called to a residence for a report about a donkey being overfed by someone breaking into a barn and causing the animal to gain weight. Can you guess who the intruder was?

Read the rest of this story on SeacoastOnline.com at http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20090116-NEWS-90116041

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January 13, 2009

Book Review: The Silver Donkey by Sonya Hartnett

From extraordinary novelist Sonya Hartnett comes a gently told fable of a lost soldier, heroic children, and a steadfast donkey...

Read the rest of the review at Monsters and Critics.com.

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January 07, 2009

Saved by a Mule!

Fire survivor: "Lou the mule saved me." Braying credited with alerting her to blaze that consumed house.

Read the whole store on MSNBS News at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28530424/?GT1=43001

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