An already particularly small donkey breed and then also a baby - a baby mini donkey is currently melting the hearts of some Instagram users.
Double Donkey Ranch in Idaho, USA, is home to no ordinary donkeys. In a unique landscape, the special breed of miniature donkeys lives here. On its homepage, the ranch advertises the special farm, alluding to the tiny inhabitants, as "perhaps the only place where size doesn't matter." Especially the two-week-old mini donkey offspring has done it to the Instagram community.
Baby mini donkey wants to be big and finally get started
Commenting on the viral video, which has now garnered 5.3 million clicks and over 250,000 likes, the ranch writes: "If you're still too small for halter training, but want to get started!"
Apparently, the tiny creature is to be slowly accustomed to the halter – for which, however, it still seems to be too small. The still nameless donkey foal waits patiently for the ranch employee's instructions and pushes itself in his direction in a familiar and loving way. The hashtag #bottlefed suggests that the baby donkey was raised with a bottle – this type of rearing would at least explain the trusting relationship between donkey and human.
Another cute video shows how small the mini donkeys actually are – with their rather low weight and small stature, they fit perfectly on the donkey commissioner's arm:
Not just mini donkeys at the Double Donkey Ranch
According to its own statements, the Double Donkey Ranch is home to "American and Mediterranean miniature donkeys, Highland cattle, longhorn cattle, horses, chic chickens, upright peacocks, two Pyrenean mountain dogs and a completely useless mini Goldendoodle." In addition, they have dedicated themselves to the breeding of so-called mini donkeys.
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Breed portrait: Mini donkey
The American mini donkey has its origins on the two Mediterranean islands of Sardinia and Sicily. Over several generations, it was systematically bred small.
Size: 65-91.4 centimeters
Weight: depending on size 80-130 kilograms
Age: up to 30 years
Color: Shades of grey, brown, black, white, red or pied
Special feature: usually the so-called donkey cross, the dark stripe over the back and shoulders
Attitude: The mini donkeys should be mentally and physically exercised. In addition, mini donkeys should be kept as herd animals together with other conspecifics.
Character: Mini donkeys have a sensitive, human-oriented nature. Owners should deal with them intensively.
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In the comments, the users are delighted with the baby mini donkey, who already wants to be one of the greats:
- "OMG, what a cute baby. 😍"
- "This is absolutely precious! ❤️❤️😍😍😍"
- "And considering that donkeys are the most exploited and abused animals in the world. They are so precious, hardworking and loving. That sweet little soul. ❤️😢❤️"
- "I need him in my life. 🥰🥰"
- "I'd carry him around with me all day anyway! ❤️"
On the website, the team of the Double Donkey Ranch provides readers with knowledge and facts about the cute donkeys. Did you know, for example, "that the donkey makes its special vocalization both when inhaling and when exhaling? This means that the snorting is unique not only because of its distinctive sound, but also because of its unusual delivery." So the snorting would only stop when the donkey was out of breath. In addition, no two snorts are ever the same, so attentive donkey owners could always hear their animals. Good to know, don't you think?