The donkey or ass is a domesticated member of the horse family, Equidae. The wild ancestor of the donkey is the African wild ass, E. africanus. The donkey has been used as a working animal for at least 5000 years. There are more than 40 million donkeys in the world, mostly in underdeveloped countries, where they are used principally as draught or pack animals.
A male donkey or ass is called a jack, a female a jenny or jennet; a young donkey is a foal. Jack donkeys are often used to mate with female horses to produce mules; the biological “reciprocal” of a mule, from a stallion and jenny as its parents instead, is called a hinny. Donkeys have a notorious reputation for stubbornness, but this has been attributed to a much stronger sense of self-preservation than exhibited by horses.
Although formal studies of their behaviour and cognition are rather limited, donkeys appear to be quite intelligent, cautious, friendly, playful, and eager to learn. Pelicans are a genus of large water birds that makes up the family Pelecanidae. They are characterised by a long beak and a large throat pouch used for catching prey and draining water from the scooped up contents before swallowing. They have predominantly pale plumage, the exceptions being the brown and Peruvian pelicans.
Pelicans are very large birds with very long bills characterised by a downcurved hook at the end of the upper mandible, and the attachment of a huge gular pouch to the lower. This may be the most pathetic sight you will ever see. A poor, patient donkey keeps his head down and tries to nibble at the grass – while ignoring a pair of cheeky pelicans who appear to be tormenting him.
They say the best thing you can do when confronted with a bully is ignore them.
But in this case the hapless victim’s lack of resistance only seems to spur his tormentors on. The donkey – called Apollo 13 – was quietly enduring the harassment at a private animal park in Germany. It is not clear why the three animals were being kept together at the park in the Teutoburg forest in Horstel, Lower Saxony.
Observers said the teasing appeared to be good-natured – but that may simply be because Apollo 13 was refusing to rise to the bullying. The images were taken by park owner and amateur photographer Roland Adam. The 55-year-old retired constructor has fulfilled a lifelong dream with the creation of the private park. At the site of an old restored farmhouse in the middle of the forest, he has created an animal paradise filled with macaws, cockatoos, squirrel monkeys – and, of course, pelicans and donkeys.
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