Monday, February 06, 2006

I wonder if they can talk?

In order to appreciate the humor that I saw in this story, I guess that you have to be as old as I am to remember 'Francis the Talking Mule'.

Army mules poised to make comebackAssociated Press

POWELL, Wyo. — Thirty-one soldiers from the Army’s 10th Mountain Division spent much of last week in a barn near here, learning the finer points of donkey management.

The soldiers plan to pass on their newly acquired skills to soldiers headed to Afghanistan, where pack animals come in handy moving supplies to remote, mountainous areas.

The instructors were a group of outdoors and livestock specialists led by Ron Ostrom, a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer in the Shoshone National Forest.

Ostrom said the requirements of donkeys and mules in Wyoming aren’t much different than in Afghanistan.

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