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Miniature Sicilian Donkeys are native to the Mediterranean Islands of Sicily and Sardinia. They are identified as either Sicilian or Sardinian donkeys according to their ancestry, although the two types do not differ. They have been extensively bred with each other and with animals of unidentified ancestry in the United States to produce a distinctively American breed of donkeys, which is called the Miniature Mediterranean Donkey. There are probably about 10,000 of these donkeys in the U.S. today, but there is not an accurate count because they are all not registered. The miniature donkey is by nature one of the friendliest and most affectionate animals of its type. They are very tame and gentle. They love their owners and seek attention. The male donkey is called a Jack and the female is called a Jennet. They range in size from 31" to 35". Their colors range from black to white and everything in between including spotted. Donkeys communicate by "braying" or more commonly known as "hee-haw".