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When It Comes to Donkeys, Smaller is Definitely Cuter

I’d never heard of miniature donkeys before. When I saw them for the first time, my heart almost burst. I immediately wanted to adopt a herd. The more I learned, the more they won me over. These adorable animals are not only practical sized, but loving and hard-workers. 

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Not to be confused with baby donkeys, miniature donkeys are a distinct breed. In their native Sicily and Sardinia, they are not considered miniature.  

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Miniature donkeys are both loyal and affectionate with humans and other animals. They have lovely natures: they’re kind, lovable and docile and because of this they are often kept as pets. 

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At birth a miniature donkey weights 15-29 pounds (7-13 kg). A fully mature miniature donkey will grow to be between 32 and 36 inches tall. (80 – 90cm). 

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Like other donkeys, mini donkeys are herd animals. They thrive by living with other donkeys - mini or otherwise.

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These small statured donkeys are equally capable workers as regular sized donkeys. By 3 years old, they can carry a pack or pull a cart.

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The good news is that mini-donkeys love children. They are exceptionally kind and careful with them. 

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Like horses, baby miniature donkeys are called foals. The males are called jacks while females are called jennets

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Mini-donkeys bond with other animals too. On farms, they get along famously with sheep and even protect them against canine predators.

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Donkey aren't really “stubborn”. They have exceptionally good memories and are cautious because they remember things that scared them in the past. 

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Appropriately named KneeHi, at a mere 25.29 inches tall (64cm), holds the Guinness World Record for being the shortest donkey. 

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If a mini donkey brays, snorts or snuffles when they see you, they consider you a friend. 

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H/T: distractify.com

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