Molalla resident readies Wonkey the Donkey for adoption
Molalla resident Hunter Kluver is once again taming a burro for the Teens & Oregon Mustangs challenge.
Kluver took on the challenge for the first time in 2020 with a Bureau of Land Management donkey called Churro the Burro. She won reserve grand champion in the culminating event at the Yamhill County Fair & Rodeo grounds.
Now, at age 20, she's at it again, this time with a 5-year-old Jack burro named Wonkey the Donkey from the Shawave Mountain II herd. Kluver picked him up and began working with him May 1.
"Wonkey is a great burro who loves kids," Kluver said. "In just 40 days, I was able to get his tag off, halter him, give him a bath, pick up all four feet and even saddle and ride him. From the start he has been a very sweet and a calm burro."
Kluver's goal is to ready the animal for show and adoption in time for the Sept. 4 competition, once again held at the Yamhill County Fair & Rodeo Grounds in McMinnville.
There, Kluver and the other trainers will show off their animals for a chance to win a top-five belt buckle or the champion's saddle. Participants also receive smaller prizes and take home the dollar amount paid at auction for the animal, minus $100 to the organization.
The auction will open soon, and everyone is welcome to bid. To bid on Wonkey the Donkey or any other animal in the contest, watch the Teens & Oregon Mustangs bidding site. All bidders must have an approved BLM application to place a successful bid. That BLM adoption application is available on the site as well.
To learn more, visit www.teensandoregonmustangs.org; and to follow Wonkey's journey, visit the Facebook page "Wonkey the Donkey."
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