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Step inside the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada where these clever (yes, clever) creatures thrive

“If someone is saying to us that a donkey is stupid or stubborn, it’s probably because they’ve been outsmarted by them.”

Within the equine family, horses are often thought of as majestic and zebras are thought of as exotic, while donkeys tend to be the butt of all the jokes. Lesley Bayne, the Executive Director of the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, wants to change that. "Donkeys are so misunderstood," she says, "they are actually quite clever animals… If someone is saying to us that a donkey is stupid or stubborn, it's probably because they've been outsmarted by them."

In Canada, there are hundreds of thousands of donkeys that need help. People often obtain these creatures thinking they'll make good guards for other farm animals (not true, Bayne says, donkeys may guard an animal they have bonded with, but there is no guarantee of that) or that they're similar to horses (again, not true, donkeys have very different needs and even eat different food), but many have no idea how to properly care for them. The DSC takes in these mistreated or abandoned animals and provides them a lifelong home with lots of love and lush fields to run through. Check out the video below to peek inside the rescue and hear these animals' stories.

“If someone is saying to us that a donkey is stupid or stubborn, it’s probably because they’ve been outsmarted by them.” 4:13

For more information or to donate visit https://www.thedonkeysanctuary.ca

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