Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Kick-ass! How donkeys are used by farmers to scare off wild dogs

MARCH 23, 2014 3:17PM

WILD dogs beware — you are in for an ass-whipping.

Donkeys are increasingly being used by farmers to keep wild dogs at bay, and while canines may be man’s best friend, they’re not winning any popularity competitions with these beasts of burden.

“A donkey loves to be with a lot of mates. There’s only one animal he really doesn’t like at all, and that’s canines,” said Heike Mack-Behle, from Destiny Boonah Eco Cottages and Donkey Farm.

Ms Mack-Behle said she started rehoming donkeys 10 years ago, and in that time she had helped find new homes for around 600 donkeys on farms protecting everything including sheep, goats, calves and even ostriches from wild dogs.

“It’s an instinct. Some donkeys love dogs, but it’s really only 15 per cent,” she said.

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