Donkeys are the smallest members of the horse family. They originated in the African desert and can weigh as much as 570 pounds. Donkeys are very affectionate animals that enjoy being in the company of humans. Families on farms often keep them as pets in addition to using them as work animals.
Other names for a donkey include ass, which actually comes from its Latin name Equus asinus; burro, primarily used by the Spanish; and cuddy, a name used in Scotland. When a jenny and a jack mate, the baby donkey is a foal, just like a horse.Learn more about Barnyard Mammals