Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys

Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys originate from Northern Africa and the islands of Sardinia and Sicily, where a different creature was found in each area, but time has blended them into one animal. Because of their diminutive size, they were used to turn grinding stones for grain right inside a peasant's house! There are 18th century wood block pictures showing these small donkeys, blindfolded, attached to the grain mill and walking in endless circles. They were also used to carry water from village wells and supplies into the mountains for shepherds.

Donkey In 1929 Mr. Robert Green, a stockbroker from New York, began importing miniature donkeys and had them sent to his stud farm in New Jersey. Almost all Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys in North America originate from these.

Robert Green loved these animals. "Miniature Donkeys possess the affectionate nature of a Newfoundland, the resignation of a cow, the durability of a mule, the courage of a tiger, and the intellectual capability only slightly inferior to man's."

Purebred Miniature Donkeys in the Mediterranean area are rapidly disappearing, as the small donkeys are being mixed with larger breeds. For this reason, the Donkeys in North America have global genetic value. Fortunately, numbers in the U.S. and Canada are strong and are increasing since the first donkeys arrived. Approximately 2,179 animals were registered in 1995 and the current population is estimated between 17,000 and 20,000 in the U.S.

The Miniature Donkey is a compact, well-proportioned animal with a sweet, sociable disposition. At maturity (3 years), it can pull a cart or carry a pack as it did in its native Sicily and Sardinia.

Our donkeys, like most, are dun colored with chocolate accents including a cross. There is a legend about this cross:

"Bring me the colt of a donkey," was the Master's request. A young donkey was brought to Jesus to carry him to Jerusalem. A week later Jesus was ordered crucified. The little donkey so loved the Lord, that he wanted to help carry the cross. But alas, he was pushed away. The sad little donkey waited to say good-bye until nearly all had left. As he turned to leave, the shadow of the cross fell upon his shoulders. And there it has remained, a tribute to the loyalty and love of the humblest of God's Creatures." -Singer

You can read the account in the Bible - Luke 19: 28-40 or Numbers 22: 21-33.

At Quicksilver Farm, you will meet Regina of Quicksilver Farm (aka Gigi or Ginny) and Princess Grace (aka Gracie). They loved to be petted and hugged. These adorable creatures will steal your heart!