Camera Critters #10; Donkeys

My apologies to all who have tried to view this before now – somehow I managed to empty this post before storing it. I put it down to utter stupidity, sheer carelessness and an attack of Daddy Papersurferitis.

Anyways, these are donkeys, as if you hadn’t noticed, and they are just one more of the introduced species which compete with the native wild life in the fragile landscape of Australia’s outback. Along with sheep, cattle and horses, donkeys have hard hooves which damage the vegetation and the topsoil. Australia’s marsupials all have soft feet.

This little family had decided they owned the road and so I had to stop and wait for them to move over.

18 Responses

  1. Hmmm…the picture won’t load for me. :(

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  2. Hmmm … the picture won’t load for me.

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  3. Me neither……… :(

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  4. What ever it is, is invisible to me also.

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  5. Ah, there it is!

    Yes, they are feral, but…kinda cute…And it looks like they enjoy posing for pictures.

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  6. Archie: Nice of them to block the road so you could get a picture.

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  7. I didn’t know that about Australian animals. So no native animals have hard hooves?

    The donkeys are cute, even if they did stand in your way.

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  8. Archie, we call that oldtimers I guess, but to be honest I forgot.

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  9. Really nice shot. I love how the colors blend with the scenery. Very cool.

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  10. Sorry Archie – the TG told me not to go out ……

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  11. Donkey’s – arrrrrr!
    I have a great fondness for them. As a child , friend had one as a pet.
    But, of course I’ve never seen them in the wild.
    It’s a shame they are feral, my ‘critters’ not a native either.

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  12. Those are healthy looking donkeys in the kind of habitat they were meant for. They suffer in our wet world.

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  13. Fine shot!
    I love donkeys – they are intelligent creatures prone to childlike mischief. This little family looks happy and healthy.

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  14. I see donkeys. So hopefully tou have the image sorted or I have imagined the whole lovely scene an I have real problems.

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  15. I have an uncannily similar photograph I took on the Diamond Creek trail going down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I’ll have to put it up when I get home from work. Most of the wild burros here in Arizona descend from ones turned loose by prospectors.

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  16. I would LOVE to come to Australia and see all of the critters there. In fact, that is one of my dreams.

    This is a really, really cool photo! Thanks so much for sharing it.

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  17. Thanks people :)

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  18. Looks like those donkeys came to you for a purpose. They make a great entry for CC this week.

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