New Orleans man saves donkeys from Harvey floodwaters

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HOUSTON -- Kenny Bellau is a New Orleans man who isn't afraid of jumping into action when a storm strikes.

In 2005, Bellau jumped into action in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  He jump-started a boat and rescued over 400 people with the boat.  His story was featured on News with a Twist.   For eight years, that rescue boat sat in front of the Louisiana State Museum in Jackson Square.

When Hurricane Harvey hit, Bellau knew he had to go help our neighbors in Texas, so he headed to Houston to rescue people, but also ran into animals in need of rescue.    He saw these donkeys and posted the above video to his Facebook page, which has already received thousands of views.

In the video he posted Bellau said he was taking the donkeys to higher ground by putting them on the porch, so they wouldn't be stuck in the middle of the floods.

He traveled two miles by boat to a neighborhood, where the first thing he saw was the two donkeys, "huddled, scared and still in the middle of the road."

"I didn't give much thought to them, thinking that the water level must have already reached its peak," Bellau said.

Bellau continued to rescue people and pets, passing the donkeys each time he made another rescue.

At one point, an elderly couple assured Bellau that the water was rising, not falling, prompting Bellau to -- once again -- swing into action.

It's a sweet story, and you can read it in full here. One takeaway from Bellau was that the donkeys turned out to be less stubborn than some of the humans he and his team worked so hard to rescue from flooded homes.

"Donkeys might be the sweetest animal I've ever encountered," he said.