Lit­tle Don­key

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - NATURE -

The hard-work­ing don­key has one of the old­est links with Christ­mas. Revered for car­ry­ing the preg­nant Vir­gin Mary to Beth­le­hem, the con­nec­tion con­tin­ues to this day with don­keys fea­tur­ing in Na­tiv­ity scenes, an as­so­ci­a­tion that stems from 7th-cen­tury gospels. In re­cent years, the crea­ture has been im­mor­talised in the fes­tive song Lit­tle Don­key. There are over 40 mil­lion do­mes­ti­cated and wild don­keys world­wide, many of them used as beasts of bur­den. They will of­ten form close bonds with hu­mans and other don­keys alike.

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✿ Did you know… Don­keys can recog­nise places and other don­keys from up to 25 years ear­lier.

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