Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.
What Are Donkeys?
You just got back from the farm and saw cows, horses, and donkeys. The donkey looked a lot like the horse, so you started wondering more about donkeys. What kind of animal is a donkey?
Donkeys are mammals that are related to horses, but they are much smaller. A mammal is an animal that is warm-blooded, has hair or fur, and gives birth to live babies. A male donkey is called a jack and a female is called a jennet.
What Do Donkeys Look Like?
Donkeys are about 4 feet tall, which is about as tall as an 8 or 9 year old child. Even though donkeys are pretty small, they are very strong! Donkeys are also different from horses because they have very long ears. They have short manes, or hair around their heads and necks. Donkeys usually have gray or brown fur.
What Do Donkeys Need?
Many people own donkeys and keep them on farms. People who own donkeys give them lots of fresh water and grass or hay to eat. Donkeys are herbivores, which means that they only eat plants. Donkeys like to eat grains and other plants. People like to ride their donkeys or teach them to pull carts.
How Do Donkeys Grow?
A baby donkey is called a foal. Mother donkeys give birth to one foal at a time, just like humans do. Foals are able to stand up only one hour after they are born! They drink milk from their mothers for about five months before they start eating their own food. Sometimes donkeys and horses can have foals together, and the foal is called a mule. Donkeys can also mate with zebras, and that foal is known by lots of different names, including zonkey, zedonk, and zebret! Donkeys can live to be up to 40 years old if they are given proper care.
Fun Facts About Donkeys
- There are wild donkeys that live in Asia and Africa. Some wild donkeys live in Mexico or the southwestern United States.
- Donkeys make a sound called a bray. A bray sounds like a cry.
- Donkeys and people have worked together for a long time. Donkeys were first used for transportation in Egypt over 6,000 years ago!
Donkeys are mammals that look like horses, but they are smaller and have longer ears. Donkeys are usually gray or brown and have manes, or short fur, around their heads and necks. A baby donkey is called a foal and foals can stand up one hour after they are born!
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