If you’re a shepherd with a lot of sheep to get from one place to another, you don’t want to mess around with having to hold up the herd on some wayward lambs. No, no you don’t. So what’s a busy shepherd to do? Well, you hire your handy-dandy trusted donkey to act like a lamb bus, that’s what you do!
In the spring, the shepherds move their flocks from the Pre-Alpine Hills to the Plains Of Lombardy, a region in northern Italy that borders Switzerland. It is quite a trek, and one that’s really too long for the new lambs to make. Using the donkey as a method of transport keeps the lambs safe and with the rest of the flock. And the lambs look like they are enjoying the ride. Pretty ingenious!
Photo credit: Elspeth Kinneir
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