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Faith the miniature donkey nuzzles her three-week-old offspring, Love. The mini donkeys will be bred with miniature horses. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Next generation of 'mini hinneys'

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You can't call Love a little jackass. She's much too cute.

But she, her mom and "auntie" may be the breeders of a generation of "mini hinneys."


At Sue and Keith Swanson's miniature horse farm outside of Park Rapids, a strange sound has invaded the pasture. It's the sound of a baby crying.

"Oh my stars, I never heard anything like that," Sue said, three weeks after Love's birth. Love hasn't learned how to "bray" yet.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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