Harley

  • Approximate Date of Birth: 2004
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  • Gender: Gelding
  • Breed: Burro

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My Story

In March 2014, we received a call about two donkeys needing to be rehomed. Sadly, one had such extensive arthritis that her leg could no longer bear her weight, so the attending veterinarian made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize Jenny. County of San Diego Department of Animal Services transferred the remaining donkey, Harley, to our care.

While Harley does not enjoy having his head touched, he loves to play "catch me if you can," and enjoys a good shoulder rub.

Harley is close in height to Jack, leading him to being called a "mammoth donkey". We are often asked about the difference between donkeys and burros. Genetically, they are both Equus africanus asinus, the domesticated Equus asinus. However, semantics plays a big roll. "Burro" is the name commonly used in the South Western United States to refer to the equine called a “donkey” in other regions. However, some will argue that the notable height difference between Milton and Harley, makes Milton a burro and Harley a donkey.

Whether you want to use the Spanish word or your prefer to go with a measurement, neither Milton nor Harley seem to care if you call them a burro or a donkey as long as they are loved and cared for.