In fact, when The Dodo called Firestone for an interview, someone had just surrendered two donkeys - named Inca and Scout. "If they come from a crappy situations, I'll change their names," says Firestone. "If they were well-loved family pets, I do not." Donkeys come in three sizes: 36" and smaller from the shoulders is a miniature, 56" and smaller is standard and any donkey over 56" is a mammoth. What's one of the biggest misnomers of donkeys? "That they are stubborn," answers Firestone. "They are actually a bit more like a dog than a horse. Their temperament is different than a horse, too. They aren't as reactive and that is where their reputation as being stubborn comes in." For example, she explains, when a horse is startled, it bolts. "But when a donkey is startled - or senses something is unsafe - it stops."
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