The high altitude cold deserts of Ladakh ( Jammu & Kashmir, India) have ensured all animals mutate or adapt to their natural environment.
The Donkeys or Asses (English), Gadha (Hindi), Bung bu ( Ladhaki) , Equus asinus ( scientific name) are no exception to this rule.
I first saw the Donkey at close hand in the Animal Rescue Centre , near Shrey ( home to the Rancho School) , Ladakh .
The Rescue Centre is a wonderful Home for unwanted Dogs, Donkeys, Goats, Cattle and even Chicken managed under the aegis of the Hemis Monastery ( do read my blog titled THE HIMALAYAN MONASTERY in http://.www.travelwithmukul.wordpress.com).
The Hemis Monastery is headed by His Holiness G. Drukpa of the Drukpa or Dragon lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. ( do see the red and blue flag fluttering over the rescue van in the picture below)
This homeless Donkey pushes his nose through the Mesh at the Rescue Centre which protects him from predators in the harsh landscape of Ladakh.
Observe the Gregarious Fur as compared to Donkeys seen in the plains.
This Sweet little Ass opened my eyes to the World of Bung bu (Donkey) in Ladakh. Magically I saw many of his brethren thereafter.
I was wondering Why someone would abandon a Donkey when I came an unusual sight, a herd of Horses and Donkeys on the Highway to the Hemis Monastery.
An inquisite White Mare looks at the Camera over the shoulder of a healthy Dark Brown Donkey.
Snow is the source of water for these Donkeys at a height of 4000 metres ( 13000 feet) .
The Featured image and the one below were taken while approaching the Hemis Monastery.
The Wild Tibetan Ass or Khiang ( scientific Name Equus kiang kiang) or the King Ass is the largest of Asses and found exclusively in the high Himalayan Tibetan Plateau and Ladakh.
The endearing Nose of the Donkey at the Rescue Centre had me Enchanted. It had cast a spell as I saw Donkeys repeatedly on my trip to Leh in Ladakh.
Strange are the Ways of Nature or was I merely Enchanted ?
Please do no not chuckle, imagine being Enchanted by an Ass.