Donkeys have a reputation for being stubborn, ornery SOBs.
But did you know they are a coyote’s nightmare, too?
In fact, did you know some farmers use them as guard animals with other livestock, like sheep?
“Buck” the donkey is a really good example of why that is:
Steve Hipps, from South Carolina, has a grass pasture in his backyard, and he likes to keep the donkey back there to keep the grass short.
Turns out, Buck does a lot more than that.
He’s a helluva threat to coyotes, too!
Steve said coyotes are not uncommon in his area, but this particular one was unusual.
“This one was coming out during the daylight hours. I saw it a couple of times—mid morning, early afternoon.
“This one day, my cousin, who lives behind me, called at about 6 o’clock in the evening and said, ‘That coyote’s coming through my yard heading your way.’
“And we live in a populated area,” Steve said. “This thing came across the field in broad daylight.
And the donkey didn’t like it. –GON
“By the time I got over there, Buck was stomping the coyote. Then he reached down and picked him up by the neck and started slinging him like a rag doll. I grabbed my phone and got two pictures.” –GON
How common is this behavior? Well — Mandy doesn’t like Coyotes either…
Here’s a fox taking the same sort of beating that Buck’s owner described.
And a quick search showed at least one government website that actually has a paged devoted to ‘guard donkeys’.
As crazy as it might sound, Ontario, Canada has that site set up.
It looks like a formal policy paper. Some of the questions it addresses:
How Do Donkeys Protect the Flock?
Donkey Compatibility with Sheep
Donkey Compatibility with Farm Dogs and People
Considerations When Buying a Guard Donkey
Size, Conformation and Behaviour
Flock Size and Number of Donkeys
Advantages and Disadvantages of Donkeys Over Guard Dogs
Well, besides the farmers who already knew just how valuable they can be?