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is a family pet the horses. The African wild ancestors of donkeys were first domesticated around 5000 a. C., 3 virtually at the same time that the horses of Eurasia, and have since been used byhumans as beasts of burden and as a horse. The emergence of agricultural machinery has been a considerable decline in their populations

The donkeys vary greatly in size. Most domestic donkeys have asize ranging between 0.9 and 1.4 m to the cross, although there are older varieties such as race-Cordoba Andalusia which may exceed the 1.6 m Catalan donkey reaches 1.65 m. The color and length of yourhair is also very variable. Its most common color is gray shades in all, reaching the black and white, and brown are common shades. They often have fur around the nose, periocular area and bellylighter shades or white and often with two dark stripes in a cross on his back. Their manes are shorter than those of the horses so they remain choppy instead of falling on the neck.

Donkeys live longerthan horses, coming to live to age 40. They reach sexual maturity between 2 and 2.5 years. Mating can occur at any time of year, but usually does not occur in the spring.Gestation lasts between 12 and14 months, which normally produce a single offspring, rarely two, to be weaned when it is between 6 and 9 months.

Donkeys are adapted to live in the desert margins, and as a result are uniqueamong the horses. The wild donkeys live separated from each other as opposed to horses and zebras live in herds. The donkeys are braying able to deliver a high volume that enables them to remain incontact at a distance, up to three kilometers. His long ears serve both to better perceive the sounds as to better dissipate body heat. Donkeys have a strong digestive system, less prone to colic thanhorses, allowing them to consume a greater diversity of plants and extract water from food very efficiently. On average, donkeys need smaller amount of food that the horses of equivalent size and weight,...
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