The Rebel Donkeys of Libya

… donkeys are being credited by a rebel leader in Libya for helping to free the besieged town of Gharyan earlier this year. Walid Danna told the Guardian this week that rebels had been forced to load donkeys with supplies as the only way to reach fighters trapped inside the town. “When you feed a …

Hermann the German (Donkey)

German troops have enlisted an unusual helper in their fight against radical Taliban insurgents in northern Afghanistan. “Hermann” the donkey not only hauls weaponry for the Bundeswehr, he also lifts the mood for soldiers in camp. The Germans purchased the beast of burden for the equivalent of about €70 at a local market to help …

War Horses in Paradise

The Pakistani Army’s 10,000 acre stud farm at Mona produces donkeys, mules, Arabs and Thoroughbreds for use in the forces. They also keep Suffolk Punches both for their own sake and as parents of particularly sturdy mules – thus maintaining a pocket of the rare breed. I love the mule training at the end of …