The art of the donkey selfie

I grew a beard over the summer so I decided it was time to update my avatar for WordPress. I thought it would be an easy job because all I wanted was a donkey selfie and none of the donkeys had grown beards over the summer, so it should have been straightforward.

Nothing involving a donkey is ever straightforward.  These are just the worst: there were 136 more.

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Rubi eating my hat
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Rubi eating my hat
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Rubi and Morris eating my hat
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Rubi eating my hat
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Just Matilde’s ear. Not really enough donkey for a donkey selfie.
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Aitana’s bottom selfie.
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Donkey lost interest in selfie
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Morris eating hat
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Final acceptable donkey selfie with Morris. A bit sad but that’s the best we will get.

How did other people manage?

The clear winner must be Deb Collins Kidwell because she has a donkey the size of a giraffe and managed to get the whole animal in the picture. Runner up prize goes to Liz Barrett for a donkey selfie with a big chicken.

Eselpilger Borwin Bützow
Eselpilger Borwin Bützow
Sara Pushlar
Sara Pushlar
Alfio E Fiocco Asinello
Alfio E Fiocco Asinello
Barbara Joan Proctor
Barbara Joan Proctor
Agrari Giuliano
Agrari Giuliano
Brent Scheneman
Brent Scheneman
Deb Collins Kidwell
Deb Collins Kidwell
Belinda Milner Whitley
Belinda Milner Whitley
Sonia Daghetta
Sonia Daghetta
Kelly Dehnel
Kelly Dehnel
Kim Preinesberger
Kim Preinesberger
La Città Degli Asini
La Città Degli Asini
Haydi Kubrak
Haydi Kubrak
Massimo Montanari
Massimo Montanari
Liz Barrett
Liz Barrett
donkey selfie
donkey selfie

COfRvkYWEAAkQewAnd finally the above, with donkeys queuing up for selfies…  from Ivybridge donkey assisted therapy centre, thanks to @BhamDonkeys via Twitter.


7 thoughts on “The art of the donkey selfie

  1. In fact I was trying to get the donkey selfie with Rubí, as she is generally more cooperative unless she is in a bad mood (or when the farrier is visiting to trim hooves), but on this occasion she was more interested in eating my hat. Morris simply turned up and posed neatly for the selfie, but he hasn’t got his tongue hanging out, which would have made it better!

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    1. My pleasure! I have since seen a whole bunch more donkey-selfies and I am going to write on this subject again. The donkey-selfie is a particular art form that deserves serious academic attention. Maybe we can persuade a professor of semiotics at a struggling university to take on a postgraduate research assistant and do a full exploration of Camera Asina: The Semiology of the Donkey-selfie in Postmodern Equine Culture.

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