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Date Posted: 18:58:07 11/12/05 Sat
Author: Lea Ann
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Subject: guard donkeys

We have 4 miniature horses and 9 standard horses. We also have two pygmy Tennessee fainting goats. At night, we have heard sounds like that of a mountain lion. My question is, do donkeys really protect other animals? If so, how do they do it? Also, does this apply only to standard size donkeys or does this include miniature donkeys? Any suggestions?

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[> Re: guard donkeys -- Cheryti, 09:56:26 11/26/05 Sat (ppp-70-251-79-152.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net/

Some donkeys are good guards. They have strong maternal instincts, and often protect whatever they are raised with. I raise mini donkeys, and they have run off an occasional bobcat or coyote. They chase, bite, kick and stomp.

That having been said, mini donkeys are no match for a mountain lion. They shouldn't be used as guards, altho in quantity they do manage to protect themselves pretty well. A couple of standards would be a better bet, although its not a given that they will guard for you. It depends on the individual personality of the donkey, and whether they were raised around the type of animals you have.

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