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Donkeys have larger ears than horses, which help to cool them – an adaptation to living in warm weather
Donkeys have very powerful bites and kicks which they will use in defense
Donkeys have loud vocalizations which help them to keep in contact with each other, even over long distances
Dun (gray) is the most common color of donkeys, although other colors and patterns are present in domestic breeds.
Donkeys were historically used as pack animals to carry heavy loads over long distances. They were more desirable than horses since they are smaller in size, hardier, and can subsist on poorer quality of food while still being able to carry substantial weight.
Modern uses for donkeys include transport and being kept as pets.
Captive donkeys are commonly under threat of being overweight, since the quality of food likely to be fed is higher than the food they would have encountered in the wild (more calories per food item), along with decreased levels of activity.
- CITES Appendices. Accessed December 2012. www.cites.org
- IUCN Red List of Endangered Species. Accessed December 2012. www.iucnredlist.org