Friday, August 16, 2013

Camera Critters

Another sweet little thing we came across on a ride in the country.  I am no expert and please correct me if I am wrong, but I think this is a miniature Mediterranean donkey.  I did a lot of research online and this was the closest to other photos I saw.  I hung around quite a while waiting for him to look up so that I could get a better picture, but he was too interested in munching on all that sweet grass.  He sure was cute!




Miniature donkeys are their own breed and have not been bred down to this size, and is not just a small version of a full-sized donkey.  They originated in the Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Sardinia.




Male donkeys are called "jacks" and females are called "jennets" or "jennies".  Baby donkeys are called "foals", just like those of a horse.



They were imported into America in 1929 by Mr. Robert Green.  He is quoted as saying, "Miniature donkeys possess the affectionate nature of a New Foundland, the resignation of a cow, the durability of a mule, the courage of a tiger and the intellectual capability only slightly inferior to man's".  


They have been mixed with other small donkeys to become what is known today as the Miniature Mediterranean Donkey. 



They are considered to be without doubt the most charming, sweet-natured and affectionate animals on earth.  They are intelligent, easy-going and easily trained, and become very attached to their owners and to other donkeys they live with.  They make wonderful pets for both young and old.




It is also important to note that they are social animals and need company as they will pine if they are left on their own.  This sweet little donkey was in a field with several goats, which I will be sharing with you in next week's Camera Critter post.

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