DONKEY COMMUNICATIONS
Find out how these seemingly dumb animals communicate with both other donkeys, or even you!

Donkey Communications

Donkeys communicate with their human owners and with other donkeys by "braying", also more commonly known as a “hee-haw”. Every donkey has his or her own style of braying with some sounding quite comical. They range from barely being audible to a loud thunderous bray. Donkeys develop schedules, track behavior patterns, and if you are late in feeding, you will hear about it! Jacks, male donkeys, pastured apart from their jennets, female donkeys,  will call to them several times a day. On the whole, donkeys are very quiet animals.

Although formal studies of their behavior and cognition are rather limited, donkeys, Equus asinus, appear to be quite intelligent, cautious, friendly, playful, and eager to learn. They are many times fielded with horses due to a perceived calming effect on nervous horses. If a donkey is introduced to a mare and foal, the foal will often turn to the donkey for support after it has left its mother.


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