Iraqi Donkey That Befriended U.S. Marines Arrives In U.S.
In the summer of 2008, U.S. Marines found Smoke at Camp Taqaddum in Anbar province and immediately he became a favorite.
This week, Smoke arrived in New York and sometime midweek he’s expected to arrive at his new home in Omaha, Neb., where he will serve as a therapy animal for the Wounded Warrior Family Support organization.
"Once you met him and saw what a unique donkey he was, it was hard to say no to him," says Terri Crisp of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International. (via NPR)
(Photo: Department of Defense, AP)
UPDATE: Smoke is now tweeting about his life and times. Follow him at @SmokeTheDonkey. (HT: L.A. Times)