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Donkeys bolt before they can join the baby Jesus -- but Nativity story has happy ending

December 28, 2009 |  9:24 am

A donkey that escaped from a nativity scene near Vail, Colo.

A living Nativity scene near the Colorado ski resort of Vail almost had to go without two crucial actors when two donkeys escaped.

The Nativity is an annual tradition for Eagle River Presbyterian Church in the Vail Valley. Pastor Rob Wilson says two borrowed donkeys were being held in a fenced-in pen for the event Wednesday night, but the animals pushed their way through it.

A parishioner who stopped by the church Wednesday morning noticed the donkeys were gone. He and a sheriff's deputy followed footprints in the snow and eventually caught up with them.

The donkeys had wandered near some railroad tracks but were OK.

-- Associated Press

Photo: One of the escapees is shown with Pastor Rob Wilson (left), Chip Howard and Lukey Wilson on Dec. 24, 2009.  Credit: Barbara Wilson / Associated Press

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