Meet George, Pepper & Tinkerbell
Meet our fantastic donkeys. George, Pepper and Tinkerbell. Donkeys were probably first domesticated by pastoral people in Nubia, and they supplanted the ox as the chief pack animal of that culture. The domestication of donkeys served to increase the mobility of pastoral cultures, having the advantage over ruminants of not needing time to chew their cud, and were vital in the development of long-distance trade across Egypt. The donkey has been used as a working animal for at least 5000 years. Of the more than 40 million donkeys in the world, about 96% are in underdeveloped countries, where they are used principally as pack animals or for draught work in transport or agriculture.
The donkeys live outside at night so they have grass as their main diet but when we bring them in during the day for donkey rides, they get a hay net and some apples.
Donkeys can be quite stubborn and ours are no exception to that, as an example if we are doing donkey rides George doesn’t like going first, he likes to follow the girls and can be quite a cheeky fellow and diverts of course when he sees some nice grass he wants to have a chew on.