Thereby hangs a tail — a new one on Santa Fe’s burro

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Taylor Mott attaches a new tail to the burro at the south end of Burro Alley in Santa Fe on Tuesday. (Eddie Moore/Journal)

Taylor Mott attaches a new tail to the burro at the south end of Burro Alley in Santa Fe on Tuesday. (Eddie Moore/Journal)

SANTA FE, N.M. — It took a little heat, but the patient, wood-carrying donkey at the south end of Santa Fe’s Burro Alley has a new tail.

Replacement of the tail, broken off by vandals who have not been caught yet, is costing taxpayers $3,960, together with a few other repair jobs on the sculpture, according to Jodi McGinniss Porter, spokeswoman for the city of Santa Fe.

Taylor Mott designed and attached a new tail Tuesday morning, along with three hooves that needed repair. Graffiti marring the creature’s coat also was removed.

In a week or 10 days, sealant also will be applied to help preserve the piece, which originally was created by artist Charles Southard, McGinniss Porter said.

Real burros once gathered in Santa Fe’s Burro Alley, carrying firewood and other products for sale.

When the tail was being replaced this morning, McGinniss Porter said a motorist pulled up and asked if he could make a comment. Sure, she said.

Noting that it was primary election day, the gentleman said, “Isn’t it appropriate you’re pinning the tail on the donkey today, because we’ve got five Democrats and we’ve got to pin the tail on one of them.” She said he left before she could get his name.

 

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