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Mary Esch

Donkeys helping people to de-stress

ULSTER PARK, N.Y.—In most of the world, donkeys are beasts of burden. But the only job of the long-eared denizens of Donkey Park is to nuzzle, bray, and beguile the diverse group of people who find comfort in their company.

Donkey Park is the creation of Steve Stiert, who sought a new direction after his job as a software engineer for IBM was eliminated six years ago.