Thursday, February 24, 2005

Come ride that donkey donkey

This story is too weird not to post... Enjoy.

'Shrek' Fans Get a Kick out of Donkey Ownership
Wed, Feb 23, 2005, 09:02 AM PT

LOS ANGELES ( - The popularity of "101 Dalmatians" and the Taco Bell commercials popularized the sale -- and the subsequent abandonment -- of thousands of Dalmatians and Chihuahuas. Now, animal charities have bigger creatures to save.
Donkeys are the latest animals to cause a craze with audiences, thanks to DreamWorks' blockbuster "Shrek" films, reports the BBC News.

"Shrek" and its recent sequel revolve around the adventures of the titular green ogre and his talking donkey pal named Donkey. Peter Jinman, a former president of the British Veterinary Association, says the rise in donkey ownership is due to the "Shrek effect," but also because many people have more land now that they've moved to the country to the city.

Naturally, the down side is for the donkeys, who are bought and then neglected by people ignorant of their needs. The four-leggers require a passport to travel, "a minimum of one acre grazing land, a farm or shelter, a good equine farrier, a vet, straw for bedding and a lot of time -- because donkeys love attention," says Tina Court, of the Devon-based Donkey Sanctuary. Donkeys can live upwards of 30 years.

For those who can't meet these needs but still want a donkey friend are encouraged to sponsor a donkey through groups such as the New European Distressed Donkey Initiative (Neddi) in France.

Both "Shrek" films have earned approximately $1,336 million worldwide combined. "Shrek 2" was the highest-grossing film of 2004 in the U.S. and is nominated for an Oscar in the best animated feature category.


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