It’s time to think irregularly about the future of transportation.
Power elites in Washington D. C. are busy talking about a multibillion dollar bailout to save the Detroit auto industry. It’s only a matter of time, however, before the price of gasoline rises again. Besides that, internal combustion engines are on their way out, contributing as they do to global warming.
It may be time to return to a more slow and steady means of transportation, like a donkey cart. Of course, you may not know where to get a hold of a donkey. There aren’t many neighborhood used donkey dealerships anymore, after all.
Let me point out a couple of sources through which you can find a donkey.
Equine.com has donkeys for the suspiciously low price of $100 to the too-luxurious price of $1500. Aim in between, but make sure that you’re getting a large donkey, and not just a miniature pet.
EquineNow.com, for those who are a bit more on the imaptient side, has donkeys in about the same price range. Be sure to look at the age of the animal. Though they can live many decades, donkeys, like cars, wear out over time.
BuyDonkeys.com offers a few donkeys, but more supplies and books of advice for newcomers to donkey ownership.
You’re going to need a stable, pastureland of at least five acres, and probably some supplementary food, unless you happen to have full donkey nutrition growing all around. Veterinary care is also called for. Just as you’d service a car, you need to service a donkey – with things like hoof care and checking for parasites.
Don’t forget the cart, either. Donkeys can serve as beasts of burden, but most cannot carry the weight of an adult human.
Other information can be found at the Donkey Breed Society, from the UK.