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subspecies of mammal (donkey as a domesticated subspecies)
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A donkey at Clovelly, North Devon, England.

Donkeys or asses, Equus africanus asinus, are domesticated members of the Equidae or horse family.


  • Poor little foal of an oppressèd race!
    I love the languid patience of thy face.
  • John Trott was desired by two witty peers
    To tell them the reason why asses had ears.
    "An 't please you," quoth John, "I'm not given to letters;
    Nor dare I pretend to know more than my betters:
    Howe'er, from this time I shall ne'er see your graces,
    As I hope to be saved! without thinking on asses."
    • Oliver Goldsmith, The Clown's Reply; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 45.
  • "Nasrudin, your donkey has been lost."
    "Thank goodness I was not on the donkey at the time, or I would be lost too."
    • Paul Blenkiron, Stories and Analogies in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (2010), ISBN 047005896X, p. 43.

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