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Bagpipes for Sarah the Donkey

DowntownCrippleCreekColorado

Cripple Creek Donkey Derby Days Parade

On the surface, Cripple Creek‘s 80th Annual “Donkey Derby Days” appeared hardly affected by the death of one little donkey the previous week. But, everyone I spoke to at Saturday’s parade knew about “Sarah”, and said they were watching out for dented bumpers. Many volunteered that they would have turned themselves in had they been guilty.

There was much confusion about which donkey had actually died. Some said, “Dusty”, others, “Sarah”. There is a group that cares for these free ranging donkeys, and everyone was certain that the group members would know. In Victor, the next town over, the rumor was that the donkey had been shot.

These donkeys are special because they are rumored to be descended from the original herd that served the first Cripple Creek gold miners.

As I walked back to my van after the parade, I found a group of Bagpipers on a street corner playing “Amazing Grace” in honor of little Sarah.

Here’s the account of her death, which sounds so much more tragic than I imagined, and my video of the remaining donkeys we found roaming the hillside outside of Cripple Creek. I realize she was just a little animal, but it’s nice to know that “Sarah” had friends in town.

http://www.ourcoloradonews.com/tellercounty/news/article_82c2df94-b24b-5d5e-9208-db329d4ea4f5.html

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