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Two donkeys now call Wausau home

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Newsline 9 is following up on an animal rescue you don't see every day. We first introduced you to two donkeys living in a Wausau garage earlier this year.

Now, those donkeys have found a permanent home. Their names are Jersey and Milton Burr-o. Milton was born just three months ago on the coldest day of the winter.

From the way Jersey and Milton Burr-o run around, you'd never know their past.

"They're living life," said Jersey and Milton's owner, Kelly Dehnel.

Jersey and another donkey, Ellie May, were living in New Jersey, pregnant and possibly heading to slaughter.

"They're condition was horrible. I mean, they were emaciated. I would have given them a few days, and they probably would have passed," said Dehnel.

But Dehnel wouldn't let that happen. She knew she had to do something.

"They get in your heart," Dehnel told Newsline 9.

So Ellie May and Jersey were brought to the Dehnel's Wausau home. Just a short while later Jersey gave birth to Milton in a garage.

"We named the baby Milton Burr-o because it was so cold," Dehnel added.

Jersey was in rough shape, and Milton was born premature.

"Milton is a miracle. I have still no reason for why he's here. Although now I'm being told he's meant to be with me," said Dehnel.

Ellie May was adopted by one of Dehnel's friends in Antigo. The next thing on Dehnel's mind was finding a home for Jersey and Milton.

"I've had several people contact me. But not quite the homes I had been looking for and I want them to have as best life as they can have," said Dehnel.

That was the plan, but the two quickly became part of the family.

"My husband has gotten kind of attached to them, so he said that they should stay," Dehnel told Newsline 9.

Those aren't the only donkeys that call the family home. Jersey and Milton actually make number 24 and 25.

"They're just wonderful animals," said Dehnel.

Dehnel says she loves the feeling she gets when she rescues a donkey, and if Milton and Jersey could talk, the feeling would be mutual.

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