Title: Exotic Intruders

Author: Joan Druett

Publication details: Heinemann, 1983, Auckland

Digital publication kindly authorised by: Joan Druett

Part of: New Zealand Texts Collection

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Exotic Intruders

[Neddie the donkey]

page 259
Black and white photograph of donkey and Canada goose. Black and white photograph of donkey and Canada goose (close-up).

It sometimes happens that animals can form the oddest of relationships. At Hilldale zoo park, a fawn brought up with a turkey would not be separated from the bird until it grew old enough for breeding. Neddie, the donkey in these pictures, is 47 years old—a great age for a member of the equine family; and when he became sick it was recommended he be put down. But for the previous two years he had been the constant companion of this Canada goose, and so close is the couple that it was feared that the bird would pine away. So, with medicine and nursing, Neddie's life was saved, and he and the goose are still inseparable.

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