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Donkeys can hear each other braying from more than 7 miles (11 kilometers) away. They can drink more than 6 gallons (22 liters) of water each day. These engaging facts and more are waiting to be discovered in Donkeys, an Animals on the Farm book.
Publisher: New York, NY : AV2 by Weigl, 2013
ISBN: 9781619132764
Branch Call Number: 636.182 YAS 2013
Characteristics: 24 p. : col. ill


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Dec 01, 2017

Donkeys are ancient friends of us, they were even the Mercedes vehicles of Jesus' time. And they are cute. I suggest you find the book of Cleveland Amory, titled: "Ranch Of Dreams." For some unfair reason that book has been removed from the collection of VPL, but you can find it in Burnaby PL. In that book Amory, a great animal lover tells how he and his companions created the Fund For Animals and the Black Beauty Ranch in Texas, where they keep and feed rescued wild animals of all kind, including donkeys. Lately I see a trend in America and even in Europe of killing off wildlife, i.e. those animals that are not under the control of the "System." Wild horses are being killed cruelly in the USA by ranchers and they sell them for pet food. And Amory in his book "Ranch Of Dreams" tells how they rescued 560 wild donkeys, very cute animals, from being killed by the Parks Board of the Grand Canyon. They rented a helicopter and air-lifted the donkeys from the bottom up to the brim of the Canyon, from a depth of 2,000 meters. And they took them to the Ranch and offered them for adoption. My own observation about the Stanley Park Board is not favorable either. They destroyed the eggs first of some swans there (bec. they are "immigrant ones," not originally Canadian, that's the Media said as a reason). And I feed a few lovely raccoons, who are my personal friends, and recently a man (in my presence, at night) rushed to the pond where 2 raccoons of my acquaintance were taking a swim, and the man, with a huge stick in hand shouted: "I'm gonna kill them, they eat our goldfish!" - this was at a condo). And recently a dog walking man (the only such dummy of my area) told me that all critters should be removed from his dog walking area, and he's going to poison them, if I feed them - he said he knew where the raccoons' den was. I wrote the Park's wildlife guy, who promotes coyotes very strongly (the 3 coyotes have killed 2 young raccoons in the past one year here), telling we must live with them, so I wrote him and asked him what he can propose me to protect my raccoon friends. His answer was that the best for the raccoons is if I stop feeding them. He did not mention any measure against cudgeling them or poisoning them. I mentioned that several of my squirrel friends had been poisoned with liquid nerve poison, and he did not say anything else than it's unhealthy for squirrels to be fed. Poisoning of them, is it healthy? So it seems that Parks people and some wildlife biologists are not on the poor starving and persecuted critters' side but on the selfish, cruel people's side. Media said our kariboo population has dropped to one tenth, the number of bears is 1 fourth only of what our forests can sustain. But the number of dog walkers is increasing at an alarming rate in Vancouver, and I see people walking dogs at dawn, at noon and at night, and in rain. But nobody cares for or protects those starving lovely few raccoons I know since years. Read Amory's book: "Ranch Of Dreams." He is world famous, and he wrote the same about Park Boards and Wildlife Biologists, the same as I have just told you. Usually they propose to kill or starve those few critters. And a few animal haters make my feeding them like a guerilla war. I feed street cats too, but the haters of wild life say: "don't feed them, bec. the food attracts skunks, etc." Skunks never sprayed me, people are hysterical about this and the fear of raccoons biting them. They never bit me in 5 years since I feed them.

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