Farewell, Oro


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Sad news from the Western Museum of Mining and Industry this week: One of its burros has died. After a long illness, Oro passed away Dec. 28. He is survived by fellow museum mascot, Nugget.


Colorado Springs, Colorado - December 30, 2011 - The Western Museum of Mining & Industry (WMMI) has sad news to report. Despite the efforts of the WMMI staff, its members and veterinarian, Oro, one of the Museum’s cherished donkeys (aka burro), succumbed to a chronic illness and died on December 28, 2011.

Prior to Oro’s arrival at WMMI, he roamed the unforgiving lands of the Sonoran Desert. This public land, and Oro’s herd, was managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM captures some of these burros and puts them up for adoption to maintain a healthy herd population in the wild. This is how Oro came to live at WMMI in the summer of 2001.

For over 11 years, until his illness started, Oro lived in the comfortable environment provided by the museum. His job was to help to teach visitors about mining heritage and he did it well. Many school children and families have gotten to know Oro over the years and our community will miss him.

This quote by Pam Brown speaks to our emotions: "If there is a heaven, it's certain our animals are to be there. Their lives become so interwoven with our own, it would take more than an archangel to detangle them."

As visitors to WMMI know, we still have, and care for a second donkey (burro), whose name is Nugget. So, please stop to see him and share any stories you may have about our departed friend Oro.

For additional information, please contact Dave Futey, Director of Education.



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