06/21/2012 03:20 pm ET

Hero Donkey Keeps Asses Safe During Raging Wildfire

As fires swept through Colorado last week, many people and animals were forced to evacuate. Among the evacuees were Mike and Sharon Guli, who board horses at their ranch in Paradise Park. Before the couple left, they put a five-year-old mammoth donkey named Ellie, four draft horses, and another donkey into an open pasture. They rushed to call Ellie’s owners, Greg and Michele Van Hare, to see if they could make it to the barn with a trailer for the animals, but by the time they reached town, all access to the area had been closed.

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