Disneyland has been giving away a car a day for the past 16 months to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Next month, they will also start giving away burros.
Have pack animals replaced Pontiacs in the Magic Kingdom's gate giveaway?
"No, it's something different," said Al Flores, a spokesman for the Anaheim theme park. "We're still giving away cars."
Five wild burros--four babies and one adult--captured in Death Valley will be delivered to Disneyland on Monday to become part of the new Big Thunder Ranch attraction, which will open June 28. Visitors to the attraction may see and pet the animals and, if they qualify, may adopt one, Flores said.
Disneyland is cooperating with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which runs a program offering wild horses and burros for adoption. The bureau has been rounding up the animals since 1973 to prevent overpopulation and the destruction of ecosystems of the West's rangelands.
"The animals are an ecological problem," said John Scull, a spokesman for the bureau's California Desert District. "There are several species of plants that are on our endangered species list that wouldn't be if it weren't for the burros."