Donkeys have been painstakingly accompanying man for over 5000 years.
Today, they are known for being slow and stubborn, yet in actual fact they are exceptionally kind and courageous.
Donkeys are intelligent and intuitive animals that will refuse to do something if they feel there is a danger.
After a sharp drop in the donkey population at the beginning of the 20th century,
due to the mechanisation of farming, we have recently seen a return of the donkey
to our lands. Indeed, its strength makes it an ideal work companion for
market gardeners and farmers who strive to maintain traditional farming methods.
We also owe the return of the donkey to the current craze for family hiking,
a leisure activity where the donkey is a perfect companion and carrier.
Even though it is part of the equine family, the donkey is different from the horse in many aspects.
It is generally smaller in size, has a larger skull, thicker fur, a short, raised mane, large ears and narrower hooves.
Its short-haired tail ends with a long tuft. Even its sound is unique: the donkey brays.
Most donkeys have a pale tipped muzzle, pale belly, and eyes circled in white,
which gives them their sweet expression as described by many authors.