Donkey Dogs With Big Ears Protect Sheep in Australia
“WHEN they unloaded the donkeys off the truck at six o’clock on a Saturday morning I thought, ‘What the hell am I doing?”‘ says animal ranger Mic McFarlane. “(But) they are amazing animals, they learn very quickly and respond very much like a dog. They’re remarkable animals, they’re super intelligent. They look like a horse with big ears but I’ve found it’s best to train them like they’re a dog with big ears. The thing is if they they don’t want to do it, they don’t do it.
“I really do believe now they are the philosophers of the animal kingdom, they will stare and look and look and look, and until they are satisfied they will not move. But I will be matching donkeys to landowners depending on their temperaments. If there is somebody who I don’t like, I will give them the one that kicked me. He is named Shithead.”
Mr McFarlane says his trained feral donkeys can prevent wild dogs form attacking sheep.
“Once they have bonded that flock becomes their mob. They have a natural hate of canines. They hate them for some reason.”