HONOLULU – The last 50 wild donkeys of a herd on Hawaii’s Big Island will be rounded up to mark the final step in a six-year effort to get them in adoptive homes.
The Humane Society of the United States and Big Island residents are working together Friday to prepare the donkeys for adoption. All donkeys will get check-ups from a veterinarian before they’re moved to new homes.
Inga Gibson of the Humane Society of the United States says the herd is the last of more than 500 donkeys that were cast-offs from the early days of Hawaii coffee plantations.
Gibson says the herd started going into roadways, tearing up golf courses and drinking out of swimming pools when drought conditions forced them into residential areas.