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POITOU DONKEY

Equus asinus

Family: Equidae

Origin: Poitou-Charentes

Lifespan: 30 to 40years some even live 50years

Reproduction: After 12 to 13 months of maternity the female (jenny) gives birth to a single offspring called a foal

Nutrition diet: Herbivore (grass, hay and cereals…)

Description: This animal was searched for its reproductive qualities. Indeed it’s thanks to this donkey that the production of mules from Poitou are insured, they are also reputed for their strengh in harnessing. It’s the livestock farmer’s passion that allowed saving the breed that was vowed to fade from memory. In 1977 there were only 44 Poitou donkeys left and in 2010 we count upto 1040!