These lovely and friendly wild (sort of, anyway) burros or donkeys and the tiny Prairie Dogs were spotted last month at the beautiful Custer State Park in South Dakota near Mount Rushmore. These are the last of my series of photographs from my visit to the park this Summer.
I spotted the animals along the side of the road and in a great big pasture on the Wildlife Loop road. The burro’s come to the roadway to beg (successfully) for carrots or apples from the park’s visitors. They seem very tame but one must remember they are still wild animals! So neat to also see many Prairie Dogs chirping their warning when we walked a short way into the fields. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of each picture. Enjoy!
Wild Burros or wild Donkeys which are descendants of miner’s pack animals from the 19th and early 20th Centuries, were happily occupying the roadway at the beautiful and really special Custer State Park in South Dakota. These animals seem to love visiting with the tourists (I think many people have fed them – but not me)!
The Burros cause safe but sometimes lengthy traffic jams when they congregate on the road itself. Sometimes I saw about eight Burro’s on the road or next to it. Some are quite young. They are cute and pretty safe – but do not depend on these animals being “tame”. I took these pictures on June 9, 2014, and again on June 11, 2014 in Custer State Park along the “Wildlife Loop Road”. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!