Mackey was rescued by us from an online auction conducted by the NM Livestock Board in late 2015. We were the only rescue bidding on him at the time, and he was at risk of ending up with a so-called kill buyer, who would have shipped him to a slaughter house in Mexico. He spent several years as a companion to another donkey named Sherman in Edgewood while undergoing some basic domestication. His playing habits, however, proved to be a bit too rough for Sherman as well as for other smaller donkeys, and so he eventually was fostered out to a home with a lonely horse gelding named Beau. This arrangement has worked out well, though Mackey, who always had a big belly, has gained some more weight due to getting somewhat less exercise. Mackey will be adopted by his foster people around early July 2019.