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Fluffy Donkey (Poitou Donkey) | by richard.heeks
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Fluffy Donkey (Poitou Donkey)

After an intensive couple of weeks of exam marking, I had a day off yesterday. We got a bus to the Donkey Santuary in Devon and stroked donkeys - very calming! They have two of these large fluffy ones, that are a rare French breed, the Poitou. They look a bit like Chewbacca. They were very placid. I liked stroking their ears best. They're really soft.

 

If life ever gets to you, and you wonder which way is up, just tickle a donkey's ear and run your fingers through their hair. Much better than Prozac! The donkeys like being stroked too. These two have a whole field to roam around in, but they come to the fence by the people.

 

They do have eyes. You have to get underneath them to see their eyes.

 

(I used a bit of fill-flash here, with the sun as backlighting.)

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Taken on July 2, 2011