Animals of the world, Donkey

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  • Donkey, domestic ass belonging to the horse family, Equidae, and descended from the African wild ass (Equus africanus)
  • In colour the donkey ranges from white to grey or black and usually has a dark stripe from mane to tail
  • Donkeys vary considerably in size, depending on breed and management
  • Donkeys live in herds from up to 20 donkeys that generally exist out of one stallion and 7 to 8 mares
  • Donkeys spend their days resting during the hottest part of the day. They are more active during the mornings and evenings, travelling and eating with the herd.
  • Donkeys typically like to eat grass, though they also eat shrubs and desert plants.
  • The loud call or bray of the donkey can be heard for over three kilometres
  • The donkey has been used as a working animal for at least 5000 years. They are used principally as pack animals or for draught work in transport or agriculture
  • Although slower than horses, donkeys are surefooted and can carry heavy loads over rough terrain.
  • In developed countries where their use as beasts of burden has disappeared, donkeys are used to sire mules, to guard sheep for donkey rides for children or tourists, and as pets.