African Donkey | Equus asinus
The donkey is one of the world’s most common pets. The ancestral form is the African donkey, which originally lives in dry, hilly or mountainous regions, mostly with stony ground. Therefore, donkeys can also climb stony and rough hills. However, they cannot run as fast as horses and can only reach speeds up to 50 km/h. Over the back of the donkey is a black line running along the spine, the so-called eel line. Depending on the breed, donkeys have a shoulder height of 90 to 160 centimeters. The mating can take place throughout the year. After a gestation period of 12 to 14 months, a cub is born. It reaches sexual maturity at about 2.5 years. Horses and ponies have a pronounced escape instinct and run away from danger. Donkeys, on the other hand, simply stand rooted in stressful situations. Out of this behavior, the donkey’s call to be particularly stubborn has emerged.