Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Sardinian Donkey



Paramus, New Jersey



"The Sardinian Donkey, as a species, is the forefather of the popular American Miniature Mediterranean  donkey.  It is from its early imports into North America that these much loved pets mostly descend from.

"However, the Sardinian Donkey  faces a dim future as it is a species recognised as in “Critically Endangered” by the Monitoring Institute for Rare Breeds and Seeds in Europe, the SAVE foundation and FAO’s WORLD WATCH LIST for domestic animal diversity.  Despite the urgency of its status the specimen numbers of this rare breed are still dwindling.

"The Sardinian Donkey makes a truly marvellous companion for children and adults alike.  It just requires love and adequate care.  In return you will get a truly loyal friend, much joy, happiness and wonderfully comic moments.

"The Jesuit Priest Francesto Cetti in 1774 wrote the most passionate and accurate description of the Sardinian Donkey and we owe him much of what we know about the species today, he wrote:

“...Its smallness takes nothing away from its merit and does not impede its service to its master.  On the contrary, its merit grows because of its small stature that has been ignored in its homeland, but it has been sought after as a great marvel and taken to other seas (overseas) to be shown in courts in bridle and saddle...”


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2 comments:

  1. Bruce such fascinating information about this little, however mighty guy!! Your photo is wonderful!

    xoxo

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  2. this story is right up my alley.
    if i had things my way i would have a mini horse living inside my house with me.

    this is and always has been a favorite animal of mine.

    xxxx

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