From Winnie the Pooh to Shrek, donkeys have appeared as quirky, loyal sidekicks in films and children's books for decades.
Often cast as unassuming, stubborn and sometimes a little dimwitted, donkeys have a rich history as the real-life heroes of agriculture, town planning and religion.
And if you look closely, all donkeys across the world, whether they are grazing in pastures or gracing the big screen, share one mysterious feature — they have a dark cross on their backs, running down their spines and across their shoulders.
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Article written by: Meggie Morris