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Published on May 28, 2007
PDI/Dreamworks did not have to look far to find the real life model for the quirky donkey in Shrek. A miniature donkey named Perry was in nearby Barron Park, CA at Bol Park. Actually, Miner Forty-Niner was first considered, but Perry quickly won their hearts. You can actually visit both donkeys at Bol Park on Sunday mornings (9:30-10-30, weather permitting) and at the nearby corral (right over the joggers footbridge from Bol Park proper.) See http://www.BPAonline.org for the park's website, and follow link to the donkey page, with photos and stories. Bol Park is located on Laguna Avenue between Barron and Matadero avenues. Matadero intersects El Camino Real. The donkeys are taken from their corral and walked to the grassy area of the park on most Sundays mornings at 9:30 am. As Doug Moran explains in the video, the donkeys are desert animals and do not digest non-hay foods. No apples, no carrots, please! Don't feed the donkeys. Hey, I scooped the news media. See our local station's video about Perry, and how he was paid only $75 to be the model. They say it costs $5,000 a year to care for each donkey. Unfair to BURROWS! ;-) http://video.nbc11.com/player/?id=114711