Cedara donkeys escape, set off on Hilton walkabout

2010-03-06 00:00

IF YOU work with someone who lives in Hilton and yesterday you were greeted with the words “I saw a group of donkeys on my way to work today” you might have thought your colleague was being a smart “ass”.

However, it turns out that a group of donkeys belonging to the Cedara College made a run for it yesterday morning.

Ncumisa Mafunda, media liaison officer for the Agriculture Department, under which the college falls, said eight donkeys escaped, but have since been recovered. It is suspected that the donkeys wandered through a pedestrian gate in the fence along Cedara Road in Hilton.

Mafunda said the donkeys were being kept with a group of Nguni bulls and oxen on the Hilton side of the farm. The college is considering the possibility of training students in the use of animal traction.

She said the donkeys are small enough to pass through the gate, installed to give staff easier access, but too small for the cattle.

She said there were no breaks in the fence, which rules out theft and foul play.

Mafunda thanked the Hilton community for its swift response in notifying the college and the department about the missing donkeys. “We would like to apologise, and will endeavour to ensure that this doesn’t happen again,” she said.

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