Our World: Beggars on the Road

Burros begging for food on the Wilderness Loop, Custer State Park, South Dakota. September 25, 2012.

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This is my post for the Our World meme.  This meme is a second generation of My World Tuesday created by Klaus Peter and is hosted by five wonderful ladies.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

Betsy and I live in a small Tennessee town, so we don’t have much experience with beggars.  But as we drove along the Wildlife Loop in South Dakota’s Custer State Park, we encountered a whole herd of them.  As you can see from the photo above, they were quite brazen about begging for food.

Burro in Custer State Park. September 25, 2012.

We tried to identify the ringleader, but we didn’t have much success.  This character was definitely one of the larger beggars, and the others showed him a great deal of deference.

A young burro along the road in Custer State Park, South Dakota. September 25, 2012.

We were surprised to see even children among the beggars.

A begging burro along the Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park, South Dakota. September 25, 2012.

Could you refuse a face like this?  I hate to admit it, but we did.

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21 Responses to “Our World: Beggars on the Road”

  1. Ms. A Says:

    That young brown one looks pitiful.

  2. Lucja-Maria@op.pl Says:

    Welcome Betsy and George!
    Today’s post is beautiful.
    I love all animals. Donkeys are unique.
    Have a nice day

  3. MadSnapper Says:

    so these were wild? living in the wild? i am so jealous, i would have been trying to pet them. was anyone out of their cars?

  4. Linda Says:

    They do know how to look pathetic, don’t they? But you know the rules…”Please don’t feed the wildlife.”

  5. Linda G. Says:

    Someone has fed them, or they wouldn’t be so brazen about begging for food! I am glad that you resisted the temptation. Very nice pictures, George.

  6. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    They do indeed know how to put on the “I’m so hungry” act!! What great shots, George!!

  7. dayphoto Says:

    Aren’t they cute? When we were there we didn’t get to see them. I love their sweet darling faces!


  8. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    Yup,I would refuse him too. Nice to watch,but that’s about it.

  9. Colin (HB) Says:

    Very wise – you don’t feed them. Anyhow they hardly look as if they are starving!
    Colin (Brisbane.Australia)

  10. busy bee suz Says:

    They are really cute. I think you are supposed to refuse them…so YOU did a good thing!

  11. Gardener on Sherlock Street Says:

    They’ve done this for years! I remember driving through here as a child. There was a lady in a car behind us parked and sitting in the middle of her front seat screaming because she had a donkey on each side with its head in her front windows.

  12. ladyfi Says:

    Oh, look at those adorable furry faces!

  13. Rajesh Says:

    Wonderful shots, this is definitely is a unique experience.

  14. Andrea Says:

    At least they are not human beings begging for a living. I might not be pitiful of our beggars, but those you encountered look they really need help. what did you give them?

  15. Reader Wil Says:

    They can feed on grass, can’t they? So they are begging for fruit
    and other human food. In the New Forest in the south of England we were not allowed to feed the animals, especially the horses were the greatest beggars. When I was cooking behind the tent they came and looked over my shoulder what I was doing. It was at least scary! They could kick you if they were dissatisfied.
    Great post, George!

  16. maryBeth Says:

    Too funny! Such eyes. I have a friend who lives in a very isolated town in Nevada and the wild Burros there are descendants of the old prospectors burros. They just roam around. MB

  17. Mary Says:

    They look very appealing….did you feed them 🙂

  18. Rose Says:

    They would have been hard to resist, but would have been afraid to start with the number there are of them.

  19. diane Says:

    A good title to your post. You had me fooled. They do need to learn to forage for themselves.

  20. Carletta Says:

    Cute post George!

  21. Judy Says:

    Never seen a pinto burro before!
    I am willing to believe the only reason you refused them is that you were unprepared, and had nothing to give them…

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