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Adopted Donkey Expected to Give Birth in October

September 18, 1997|JOHN CANALIS

A wild donkey rescued by a federal program and adopted by Centennial Farm at the Orange County Fairgrounds soon will give birth.

Sugar, a 4-year-old white burro, is expected to deliver the farm's first donkey foal in mid-October after an 11-month pregnancy.

She was acquired through the federal Bureau of Land Management, which rounds up wild horses and donkeys that proliferate too quickly.

When Sugar was rescued in 1995, she was with an inbred foal that later died. This time, she was bred with a donkey from Hemet named Happy Jack, and a healthy birth is expected.

Sugar, known for her gentle disposition, is popular with the children who visit Centennial Farm through school programs.

"She loves the attention," said Joyce Scherer, a fair spokeswoman.

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