Donkeys surprise commuters, block road near 180th and Q streets

Posted at 1:01 PM, Sep 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-18 14:01:55-04

Two donkeys surprised early morning drivers in West Omaha on Monday after they found themselves on the wrong side of a fence near 180th and Q streets.

"I just pulled up. The guy in front of me decided to swerve,” driver Justin Rasmussen said.

It was the sort of road block Justin wasn’t expecting.

“I just decided to stop,” he said. “I'm not going to let them out there by themselves."

Rasmussen waited for police and the Humane Society to get there.

“They were perfectly calm,” he said. “One was just laying there. The other was standing up."

One of them, named Stormy, had a couple injuries on its face and neck.

“He probably got hit by a car,” Rasmussen said.

A concerned neighbor showed up thinking the duo was his.

"How many two donkeys do we have in the neighborhood?" he said. "I’m gonna go check out the gate."

Storm and Zippy were found to be under the care of Cory Michalak, who had rescued them over the weekend after they had been taken from their previous home.

“He’s a rescue, the poor thing,” Michalak said. “He's just little and he must've found a way out."

The donkeys were both checked out by the Humane Society. Officials there say one of the animals is at the vet.

“There's something wrong with him,” Michalak said. “He's usually a lot more active."

The other donkey is back home, he said.

“We have land in the back, and we just let them be in the back as a sanctuary," Michalak said.

The pair made definitely made an impression on one early morning commuter.

“I didn't think I was going to see a donkey in person. I've never seen one, so…" Rasmussen said.