Things are slow and hot here on the donkey field at this time of year, so there has been little updating of the blog, and so I turn elsewhere, to the donkey news this week of a pure-bred Poitou foal born in Canada. This lovely little chap joins an endangered species, for there are just one hundred remaining donkeys of this breed worldwide. This delightful news prompted me to look again at the Poitou donkeys.
Poitous, as described by Davis Farmland where this one was born, are “tall animals with Rastafarian-like hair, llama-like legs, big ears and a small rat-like tail.” Charming description but they really are beautiful. Here is a video of the foal:
Davis Farmland is a sanctuary for all types of endangered farm animals, made redundant by mechanised agriculture and new industrial farming practices.
It is believed the Poitou donkeys survive from a strong breed introduced into France by the Romans. They are named after the region in France of which Poitiers is the regional city. (Incidentally, it was from Poitiers that I set out in August 2010 on a bus journey to Benidorm, to start my new teaching job and present life with four donkeys in the Costa Blanca.)
For more about the Poitous have a looks at the Poitou Santuary website in the links bar at the right side of this page. (Sorry, this link is not working now: I will put a new link in when I can update it.) If you are reading this blog in the UK, you can see Poitou donkeys at the Donkey Sanctuary.