If you are having a bad day and need a little cheering up, then donkey nannies are bound to do just that.
The existence of donkey nannies is a little known fact, however they are sometimes used by Italian shepherds to move their livestock safely.
Transporting newborn lambs
Donkeys transport newborn lambs from high pastures to the plains in Italy, when they are too young, small and adorable to make that journey on their own.
They’re taken out after the day’s journey for food and nuzzling with their mothers. Farmers put specially-adapted rugs onto the donkeys, which feature pockets roomy enough for a lamb to fit into and peep out of so they can see where they are going.
There are enough pockets so they can transport multiple lambs at a time.
Lams are often born in springtime
These methods are used by shepherds driving huge flocks livestock in the early spring from the pre-alpine hills to the plains of Lombardy, northern Italy for grazing. Lambs are often born in the springtime, meaning they are really young when this move happens.
It is unclear whether other farmers and shepherds around the world use the same methods of transportation.
Donkeys are territorial
Donkeys can be very territorial in their behaviour, meaning farmers and shepherds often use them to keep predators such as wolves, foxes and coyotes away from their sheep and goats.
As long as donkeys are handled well, they can be very placid in their nature. They don’t need to be led along by the shepherds as they will stay close to the herd. They are also hardworking and can be very patient, making them perfect for a career in nannying.