Operation Donkey brings Iraqi equine to U.S. - KMOV.com

Operation Donkey brings Iraqi equine to U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It took 37 days and a group of determined animal lovers, but a donkey from Iraq is now a U.S. resident.

'Smoke' The Donkey, who became a friend and mascot to a group of U.S. Marines living in Iraq's Anbar Province nearly three years ago, arrived in New York this week aboard a cargo jet from Turkey. After being quarantined for two days, he was released Saturday and began a road trip to Omaha, Neb., where he is destined to become a therapy animal.

By Saturday afternoon the trailer carrying Smoke had driven through Baltimore and was on its way to Warrenton, Va., for meet-and-greet with some fans.

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