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Donkeys Versus Wild Dog Packs in Australia

Updated on October 27, 2013
The guard donkey
The guard donkey
Wild dogs
Wild dogs

Some animals instinctively just hate one another. A good example are dogs. A small dog sometimes will start to bark at a larger dog, even though the bigger dog is simply walking by. Call it, small dog syndrome. Other animals like donkeys simply have an innate hate of dingoes in Australia.

Donkeys have been used in the Perth area as sheep bodyguards against the wild, roving packs of dogs killing livestock. The donkey has a natural hate of wolves and coyotes, at least the wild donkeys do. The dingoes seem to be afraid of them when encountered in a flock of sheep and the donkey will attack. The usual impression of a donkey is quite the opposite, but they bond with sheep and act as bodyguards.

The demand for these unique creatures has now skyrocketed because of the dingoes and the damage they have caused- a single donkey sells for $400+. Many sheep farmers have decided to sell their farms and stock because of the damage done, which has reached into millions of dollars. Australia is the world's biggest producer of fine wool, some $2 billion each year, so it IS a big deal about controlling the wild dingoes. One farmer lost 100 sheep to dingoes in two days.

It is estimated that in the Perth outlying area, some 3000 wild dogs exist. Last year, across Western Australia ranges, 42,000 mostly sheep were killed by them. Now, many areas offer $100 per dog killed because baiting and trapping them has failed. Some sheep flocks hae up to 50 donkeys embedded into the flock.

There is a war out there to save the fine wool industry.

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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      4 years ago

      You learn something all the time, I did not know donkeys were that aggressive.

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      Interesting post on this trend for the popularity of donkeys. Thanks for sharing.

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