I can remember the story of an orphan elk that was taken in by a herd of antelope near Canyon Ferry in Montana. It was almost like something straight out of the movie "Elf." A person could drive by the herd and see a bunch of tiny pronghorns and a giant brown elk. Almost like something out of "The Jungle Book."

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Elk herds can be pretty accepting of other species incorporated into the herd. Just recently a missing donkey in Wyoming was spotted blending in with a local elk herd.

An Instagram account, maxfennell, shared a video at the end of March showing a donkey living as an elk.

In the comments, the former owner (drewryo414) of the donkey writes

That is in fact Diesel. He got away from me while packing out there 5 years ago. It was heartbreaking at the time. Glad to see he is helping the heard grow.

Now I have seen some pretty crazy things on a Montana elk hunting trip. But, I don't know how I would react to seeing a donkey running with an elk herd. It would be a jaw-dropping moment. I am just happy to see that the donkey has found his community. 

Why do I get the feeling that we have all seen this movie before? It's like "ELF," "JUNGLE BOOK," and "ICE AGE" all rolled into one.

Montana's 'Exotic Noncontrolled Species'

Here's a sample of some of the exotic animals that the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks consider "noncontrolled species" meaning they aren't prohibited unless it falls under Montana or Federal law. For more information about these species and other "exotic noncontrolled species" refer to the guidance from Montana Fish Wildlife, and Parks.

Gallery Credit: Ashley

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