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Barron Park donkey Jenny dies after falling ill

Original post made on Nov 20, 2020

Jenny, one of Palo Alto's beloved donkeys who called the Barron Park neighborhood home, has died. She was euthanized on Wednesday after a two-week decline, according to her handlers.

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Posted by eyeswideopen
a resident of Professorville
on Nov 20, 2020 at 10:18 am

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A loss for our community, but Jenny received loving care always and had a very good life. Thanks to all who nurtured her.


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Posted by More sad news
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 20, 2020 at 11:02 am

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2020 has been an awful year - losing Jenny is another "nail in the coffin." Hope another wonderful companion is found for Perry. Our family enjoys our visits and thanks everyone that helps take care of them.


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Posted by TomF
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 20, 2020 at 11:05 am

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Back in the 1950s I went to swimming lessons at the Bol estate pool and vividly remember Bol Park, Neal Station and, as I recall, a donkey that lived in that field bordered by Laguna. Is my memory about a donkey back then accurate? If so, does anyone recall the donkey’s name and the connection (if any) to the donkeys described in this article?
Tom Frank (grew up in Barron Park until I went away to College)


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Posted by TLM
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 20, 2020 at 11:15 am

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TomF - all of what is now Bol Park used to be the donkey pasture where the Bols kept their donkeys for decades. (One of the donkeys was a mascot for Gunn HS at some point, I believe.) The Bols ultimately sold the pasture to the city for a park (in the '70's?) and relocated Mickey to the back 1 acre pasture where the donkeys currently live. So your memories are of the original donkey pasture, before it was a park.


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Posted by Miriam Palm
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 20, 2020 at 11:36 am

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Rest in peace, Jenny. You know you were loved by many.


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Posted by Cat Mom Leonorilda
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 20, 2020 at 1:34 pm

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We will miss Jenny. She was a very special sentient being who always greeted us and always wanted our acknowledgment of her presence. We're so sorry she is gone and hope that she did not suffer.


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Posted by Nanette
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 20, 2020 at 3:41 pm

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This is such sad news. The donkeys are such a blessing. I happened to be walking along the path on Wednesday late afternoon and saw (Jenny Kiratli?) in the corral cradling the two donkeys, and even snapped a photo of the 3 of them, which now might be one of the last photos of those dear animals together. Then yesterday I walked past again, and saw that Jenny was not there and asked the gentleman there who told me what had happened (Jenny’s husband?). I am full of grief for Perry, and all of Jenny’s loving caregivers. I am sure many people will visit and try to give him frequent kind human company until a new companion is found. Deep thanks to all those who care for (and live near!) these very special beings.


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Posted by Jamie
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 20, 2020 at 4:03 pm

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Jenny was a donkey with the soul of a lapdog -- she was one donkey in a million, and will be missed by all of us.


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