Blackpool Donkeys & facts on this animal
Donkeys are gifted animals & the Blackpool donkeys do a brilliant job for any children who wish to ride them, I think they should be given a medal for what they do during long hot summers. In the wild, donkeys don’t reside in such close herds as horses & ponies do, because they live in the desert they have very loud ‘voices’, which can carry just over three km. Donkeys have a very strong digestive system that can break down almost inedible vegetation, they like carrots all the same.
Donkeys vary in size from the Miniature Mediterranean (under 91cm) to bigger donkeys such as the rare French Poitou (up to 150cm) with its large head & ears & thick, shaggy coat. Breeds have been crossed &, as a result, there are not many pure breeds left. Donkeys often live for 25 years or more. Some have been known to live to the ripe old age of60! A forty-year-old donkey is considered to be elderly; perhaps they could invent a telegram from the Queen for donkeys (har har!). They have a strong sense of survival & if they think something is dangerous they simply won’t do it, thus they would not make steeplechasers or three-day eventers! many domestic donkeys tend to be overfed & as a result suffer from a disease called ‘Laminitis’ which is a nightmare! Donkeys do not have natural ‘waterproof’ coats like horses & so must have a shelter. Horses are flight animals, i.e. in times of panic or danger they will run away, donkeys, however, will simply freeze when frightened; ours bite when cornered.
The 200 Blackpool donkeys dinner break is 1hr, & they don’t like to be disturbed. They work from 10am to 7pm & have every Friday off. These animals have been working for donkey’s years since the Victorian era, & new laws have been brought in so officials don’t make an ‘ass’ of themselves! Vets check them on Fridays to make sure they are healthy, hooves; ears, protruding teeth & furry coats will be checked.
Donkeys have a brown stripe along their back & another across their shoulders, forming a cross. There are 2 stories of how this came about: - It is said that they were given this mark following the stories in the Holy Bible that a donkey carried Mary to Bethlehem before Jesus was born on the first Christmas, or a donkey carried Jesus to Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday.