You hear a lot about saving the whales. And the dolphins. But what about the Dreadlocked Ass? They're endangered too.
--I'm talking about donkeys, people. Specifically, the Baudet de Poitou (--It's pronounced "boe-DAY duh pwa-TOO".) Also known as the Poitou Ass, the Poitou Donkey, or the Mammoth Donkey.
--They're a breed of donkey from Poitou, a region in west-central France. They look like regular donkeys, except that they have a massive coat of shaggy, matted hair that looks just like dreadlocks. And the pure-bred ones are ENORMOUS.
--Basically, they look ridiculous. And donkeys are already pretty ridiculous-looking to begin with.
--It's understandable if you've never heard of them: In the 1950s, there were only 77 left. Today, there might only be 600 of them left. Although there might be as many as 1,000. No one's really sure.
--Either way, that makes them one of the world's most endangered animals. Even rarer than pandas.
--According to Maryon Attwood, the chairwoman of something called the Northwest Poitou Donkey Institute, quote, "These donkeys are more rare than the white rhino." Whatever that means. And now you know.
(--Check out some photos of this hairy ass, here . . .)