Yesterday we went mushroom picking in the woods of Bukovica and although the hunt for some edible mushrooms was not all that successful, we did get to enjoy wonderful walk in the woods on a sunny autumn afternoon. On our way back, a small group of donkeys got in our way on the road.
They did look wild but since there are some people still living in these villages, the owner was close by. The donkeys are not so common in Dalmatia as they used to be… There are only about 1000 of them left in the coastal region of Dalmatia and one survey in 1998 had listed 8000 donkeys total in Croatia . Back in 1937, there were 40 000 of them! That is called progress, I guess…
So it is always nice to see this beautiful animal and especially so when roaming free as these guys.
But one should also be careful as sometimes they just go crazy and run around biting each other and playing rough. Often kicking each other with their legs.
There are three different donkey species in Croatia: Littoral-Dinaric type, Northern-Adriatic type and Istrian type. All three are endangered now and it looks like our children will be seeing them only in ZOOs in few decades.