Their small stature makes them cheaper to feed than a draft horse, and their ability to hold large quantities of heavy materials on their backs makes them a great help for farmers or for others living remotely. Donkeys across the globe are indispensable for helping us to carry and transport our belongings — whether hiking into the mountains or carrying ballot boxes to polling stations. So, we’ve rounded up 11 of the mightiest-looking donkeys around.
A loaded mule on high Atlas mountain.
An elderly man in the capital of Tunisia leads a loaded donkey.
Courtesy Flickr/Hannah Pethen.
A donkey carries newly fired pots up to a main road.
A donkey carries a heavy load of straw.
Courtesy Flickr/European Commission DG ECHO.
Darfurian refugees from Sudan, along with donkeys carrying straw for buildings and feed.
A man stands with a loaded donkey.
A donkey caravan in Nepal.
Courtesy Flickr/Tim & Annette Gulick.
A donkey carries bails of hay down the street in Addis Ababa.
A small white donkey in Cape Verde carries a bundle of cut plants.
A shepherd with a caravan of donkeys carry supplies, food and equipment into the Himalaya mountains.