Posted Nov 21, 2014
We were given a pair of donkeys because a friend had too many on his ranch and he wanted to thin down his donkey herd. We were told that they were two males, named Jack and Junior. They were mostly wild and skittish and once they were unloaded into our pasture, they preferred to stay away from people so imagine our surprise when a baby donkey appeared one fall afternoon! It turns out, Junior was a female. The baby we called Joe and we managed to pet and catch him initially, but the other two remained very wild. Finally, we gave up our idea of tame donkey pets and a nearby donkey expert offered to take them off our hands. He parked his trailer in the field and put feed everyday in the trailer for them. After a couple weeks, he was able to load all three with no fuss and take them home. I would not recommend accepting donkeys as gifts, particularly if you have never been around or owned a donkey. Other subsequent experiences have been fairly pleasant, and miniatures are a fun animal to be around.