08 Aug '11, 3am
Due to a drought, Hawaii's wild donkeys will be airlifted to sanctuary in California. Yes, wild Hawaiian donkeys!
This latest twist on curbing the populations of wild donkeys, is part of a massive effort that's been underway since last year. Drought conditions forced the donkeys from the highlands down into Waikoloa Village in search of water. But the reports of donkeys appearing down by the highway and near Waikoloa School began to worry the community. The Humane Society of the U.S. teamed up with veterinarian Brady Bergin. The hungry animals were easy to trap with water and feed and Bergin began mass castrations of the males and administering a female contraceptive to the mares. Bergin has sterilized 200 of the original herd of about 600. At the end of the month, he will have help from about four to five mainland vets who will set up a castration clinic at Waikii ranch where about a hundred donkeys have been captured. They will be preparing the donkeys for the flight.