Will Work for Hugs

Mini Donkey

Freya lives for hugs. She will even go so far as to force you to hug her. If you squat down in front of her, she will physically put her head and neck around you, just to signal that she wants a hug. If she's laying down, she even loves if you lay on top of her belly for a full body hug. So get ready for some serious mini donkey snuggles during your time at Shepperly Farm! 

A Look At Freya

Fun Facts About This Species
Unlike other miniature animals, mini donkeys are not bred to be a shrunken down version of a full sized donkey. Their small size is natural. Miniature donkeys are not more than 36 inches tall and weigh between 200 and 450 pounds. By contrast, full sized donkeys weigh between 400 and 500 pounds.

Mini donkeys have large ears which have great blood flow, helping them stay cool in the desert. They have great hearing and their ears can move independently to locate where a sound is coming from.

Mini donkeys are native to the Mediterranean islands of Sardinia and Sicily and were brought to the United States in 1929. Now, importing mini donkeys is difficult because they are near extinction in their native area.

Male donkeys are called jacks and females are called jennets.

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