- Legend says that Jesus rode a Sicilian donkey and that is why they have a cross on their back.
The donkey, also known as burro or ass, is a descendent of the Nubian and Somali wild asses. The Sicilian donkey is the rarest breed of donkey. They originated in Arabia and Africa.. A female donkey is called a jennet or jenny, a male is a jack, and a baby is a foal. Sicilian donkeys are considered the miniature breed of domestic donkey, growing to 250-500 pounds and 35-40 inches tall. Donkeys eat grain, hay, and grass. Their intelligence and affectionate attitude allows for a variety of uses, including packing, guarding sheep, and being family pets.