‘These Animals Work Miracles’: Therapy Donkeys Calm College Students Ahead Of Final Exams

Los Angeles News
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (CBS Local) — Add therapy donkeys to the list of options for college students who want to lower stress levels ahead of final exams.

The State University of New York at Plattsburgh brought in a small herd of miniature donkeys last week as part of a wellness fair to help students cope with the anxiety and pressure that comes with typical end-of-semester responsibilities such as tests and papers that are due.

May is also Mental Health Awareness Month.

“We got a lot of strange looks and questions when we pitched the idea,” Ashley Durocher, who helped organize the wellness fair, told SUNY Plattsburgh’s student-run newspaper Cardinal Points. “We thought donkeys and a wellness fair would be a fun and creative way to discuss mental health and help our students de-stress.”

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