are from the isle of Asinara, Italy, where a colony of around a hundred still
live in the wild. They are small donkeys with a white coat, probably because of
an incomplete albinism.
donkey’s ancestors may have been
imported originally from Egypt by the Duke of Asinara in 1800. Evedently by the
end of the 19th century some white-coated donkeys lived on the island, probably
they were abandoned by the inhabitants that had moved to Stintino in 1885 when
the island had become State Property.
evidences refer that in more recent times there have appeared a few white
coated examples. The breed is rustic and frugal.
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