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Donkeys in Coral Bay

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donkeys_vertical2hello-mr-donkey Wild donkeys on St. John roam the roads and wooded areas in and around Coral Bay, the less developed, quiet side of the island.

After so many photographs, these asses take it all in stride.

Donkeys on St. John are beautiful, and wild, so please do not pet or feed them!

It is believed donkeys were first domesticated around 3000 BC in Egypt. An estimated 20% of the 40 million donkeys in the world are found in Latin America and the Caribbean. The first donkeys arrived in the Caribbean in the late 15th century and were used to work the fields and mills. Eventually the donkeys were no longer  needed for work and were left to roam.  Descendants of these hard working donkeys can be seen limin' around St. John.

Windspree-Vacation-Homes-Coral-Bay-StJohn- donkeys (2) Before the term donkey became an accepted term, "ass" and "she-ass" were commonly used. The word "donkey" did not appear until the 18th century. While nobody knows for sure where the word "donkey" came from, Wikipedia offered some popular theories, one of which included an association with the word "dun", which means a dull grayish-brown color. It's also possible the change was the result of a cultural shift to avoid certain words in speech.

A male donkey is called a jack, a female donkey is called a jenny, and a young donkey is called a foal. A mule is the offspring of a Jack and a female horse.  A hinny is the offspring of a Jenny and a male horse. Now you know!

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