This is pretty epic.
When South Carolina resident Steve Hipps decided to keep his donkey, Buck, in his pasture, he had a pragmatic purpose in mind.
“I just wanted something in there to keep the grass eaten down, and I’ve always loved donkeys,” he told Georgia Outdoor News.
But as photographs supplied to Georgia Outdoor News in early 2014 show, he was going to get even more than a furry lawnmower — he got a full-on protective companion.
Donkeys hate coyotes — and anyone who has handled donkeys knows — they’re rarely pushovers.
Hipps said that coyotes in the area aren’t unusual — but when they are bold enough to roam around in the daylight, it’s not often a good sign. Wild animals being fearless around humans can lead to real problems. And there was one coyote near Hipps’ property that was doing just that.
“This one was coming out during the daylight hours. I saw it a couple of times — mid-morning, early afternoon,” he said.
That set the stage for one serious animal encounter, and a pretty incredible photo depicting the scene.
“This one day, my cousin, who lives behind me, called at about 6 o’clock in the evening and said, ‘That coyote’s coming through my yard heading your way,’” said Hipps.
“And we live in a populated area,” Steve continued. “This thing came across the field in broad daylight.”
Enter, one very angry Buck.
“By the time I got over there, Buck was stomping the coyote. Then he reached down and picked him up by the neck and started slinging him like a rag doll.”
Buck took that coyote to town.
In the contest of donkey vs. coyote, this predator lost, and it lost badly. It has been reported that this behavior is not unusual for donkeys.
“They’ll stomp on, and buck, intruding coyotes to death, or they’ll warn the rest of the herd by braying,” as Wide Open Spaces puts it.
Or they’ll grab it by the scruff of its neck and shake the daylights out of it.
For Buck, it just looks personal. And that coyote probably took it pretty personal too.
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