With the release of the movie Shrek in 2001, followed by Shrek 2 in 2004, Shrek the Third in 2007, along with the soon to come Shrek Forever After, donkey stuffed animals did and will again, fly off the shelves. Given the popularity of Donkey, Shrek’s sidekick and best friend, it’s no surprise that children are drawn to donkey stuffed animals. Of course, donkey stuffed animals are not limited to just Donkey from Shrek, but he is certainly lots of fun and as a result makes a very worthwhile donkey stuffed animal to have.
The actual donkey started being used by humans around 3000 BC as work animals to carry things from one place to another. Donkey’s were also used for riding and to help plow fields. Unlike horses, donkey’s are much more of an all terrain animal, thus can handle even the most difficult types of areas for walking. Also unlike horses, they are not as easily spooked by loud noises and the like. When one thinks of donkey’s, their penchant for stubbornness likely comes to mind, but it’s not being stubborn that is their issue they have a keen sense of their own well-being and safety, so they won’t do anything that jeopardizes it. Donkey’s are quite independent and will reason things out and then make a decision based on how safe it is for them.
Donkey’s come in all sizes and colors from the Miniature Mediterranean which stands under 36 inches, to the Mammoth Jackstock which can be 14 hands high or taller. Their coloring ranges from shades of gray to brown, black, and even albino-white. If your interest lies in a donkey stuffed animal of Donkey from Shrek, his coloring is quite simple: he’s a light gray.
Another popular donkey character is Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. His lives in the the southeast corner of the 100 Acre Wood in an area designated as Eeyore’s Gloomy Place. Eeyore is lovable but always gloomy and thinks his lot in life is rather dismal. He is gray-blue in color and has a distinctive pink bow attached to the end of his tail. His tail is fodder for many of the Winnie the Pooh stories, as it’s constantly falling off which ultimately brings Christopher Robin to his rescue – he finds Eeyore’s tail and re-attaches it. Eeyore is another popular donkey stuffed animal and some of them have been made amazingly well to resemble him. And one things for certain: after a few hugs from a loving friend, a donkey stuffed animal of Eeyore will be gloomy no more!
A donkey stuffed animal of either Eeyore or Donkey, will undoubtedly brighten the darkest day. Any child would be privileged to have one or the other (or both) and there’s no doubt they will love and care for them as much they would any other plush toy.