Domestic donkey


Domestic donkey (Equus asinus asinus)

To this day donkeys are required to carry heavy loads, for riding and pulling. Compared to horses they are better suited to work in a difficult terrain because of their calmness. They do not run away when there is danger and when e.g. when facing dangerous bridges. This caution was ignored by the ancient Greeks. The donkeys were assumed to be stupid. 

Category: Mammal

Stem type: African wild ass 6000 years ago

Weight: ♂ 180-230 kg; ♀ 150-200 kg

Withers height: ♂ bis 110 cm; ♀ bis 100 cm

gestation period: 360-370 days

feed: grass, herbs, foliage

Power: load, riding, draft animal, patient, tough, good-natured character, frugal feed claims; 1 foal a year