Another term for donkey has long been used as a pejorative, targeted at rude, crass and otherwise unpleasant humans. Hardly deserved, as donkeys are actually good natured, cooperative and loving animals. Not to mention cute, as these pictures clearly show.
The donkey has been used by man as a pack animal for 5,000 years or more. The approximately 40 million donkeys that inhabit the Earth are spread across the globe and found mostly in underdeveloped countries. Tragically, many of them suffer abuse at the hands of man.
Image: Blue Iris
To see more adorable donkey pictures, visit this collection. To help abused and neglected donkeys worldwide, consider giving to the Donkey Sanctuary.