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Why Do Donkeys Roll

Posted by PrimRose on April 9, 2018 at 6:55 AM

Donkeys roll in the dirt for different reasons and during different seasons. It is interesting to watch. In the early spring donkeys roll to fluff their coats which helps with insulation when nights are still cold. In late spring donkeys roll to help with shedding of their winter coat. In summer donkeys roll in dust and mud to keep the flies at bay. Donkeys will also roll if there is any itchy spot on their coats as the mud can be soothing. Often donkeys will prepare a spot to roll by pawing with their hoof to loosen the dirt. They often take turns using the same area. Usually the donkeys prefer not to be groomed right after rolling as this negates the purpose of the mud. Of course donkeys roll just for the fun of it as well!


Vivian


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