RIVERSIDE — A wild burro in Riverside got an orange cone stuck to one its hooves and it took a valiant effort from an animal services officer to remove it, a spokesman for the agency said Saturday.
“Coney the Burro,” as the donkey has been nicknamed, was spotted Friday morning near a development site at the Spring Mountain Road and East Palmyrita Avenue bend in Riverside, with an orange cone on its right front hoof.
The burro’s skittishness and the rough terrain made it difficult for animal services officers to approach it, so they shot the burro with a tranquilizer dart, but it didn’t take, according to agency spokesman John Welsh.
That’s when Officer Chris Peck approached the burro in a non-threatening manner, backing toward it and pretending he was uninterested in the animal.
“He got within about a foot of the burro, slowly dropped down to one knee, and just about the moment the burro was done with the officer’s company, Peck grabbed the cone and removed it,” Welsh said.
The burro is part of one of the many well-known herds in the Reche Canyon area and other pockets in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, according to Welsh.
Peck said the burro likely got stuck in the predicament while playing with the cone, as the animals are known for their curious disposition.
“The good news is the burro did not appear to have any injury related to wearing the cone temporarily,” said Peck.