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As slaves, the Hebrews were not allowed to own horses but they could own and breed donkeys.

According to Biblical history, it was on donkeys that Hebrews packed up their belongings and set out for the Red Sea toward the land that God had promised them in approximately 1446 B. Their journey under the leadership of Moses took 40 years through the desert.

In various moments in the life of Jesus, a donkey is by His side at birth, carrying Him as he escapes Egypt, carrying Him when he triumphantly entered Jerusalem at Passover, and most likely was at His crucifixion.

It was about this same time that the Sumerians pulled their war chariots with donkeys.

It was donkeys that carried the Ark of the Covenant and the Tabernacle of Jehovah.

It is natural then that the donkey would hold a sacred place in Hebrew as well as Christian tradition.

Both of these subspecies are the most relevant to the domesticated donkey (Equus Asinus) and ultimately the Sardinian Donkey although we should not rule out the presence of other extinct subspecies in the domesticated donkey.

From the Nubian Wild Ass, the domesticated donkey inherited the pronounced dark stripe from withers to tail and across the withers and down the shoulders. From the Somali Wild Ass, the domesticated donkey inherited the very prominent leg stripes reminiscent of a Zebra.

Greece had close ties with Alexandria in Egypt and the Greeks were great sailors and transporters of animals in the vessels of the day. Wine production is where donkeys found a role that settled them in different parts of Italy and in Europe as far as Spain.