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Donkey Body Language

Posted by PrimRose on February 21, 2018 at 8:05 AM

As well as braying to communicate, which has many different meanings, donkeys, mules and hinnies also use body language. Of course there is the infamous donkey kick and they do nip each other, and simply walking away from someone or something they are not interested in are all indicative of of displeasure. Like many animals laying the ears back flat against the head is also a donkey warning. In the first photo Gordon the hinny does have his ears back but they are not flat against his head. This is his “look at me, see how hungry and cute I am” and there is no warning here at all.

However look at Wilson the hinny on the left in the second photo. His ears are flat back and he is very displeased. He may even nip Gordon as he is jealous and sure Gordon is going to get a treat and he is not. Just to set the record straight: this as never happened as the boys are always treated equally but Wilson’s body language is always the same if he feels left out.


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Reply DinaHaines
11:19 PM on February 21, 2018 
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