THEY look like the cute and cuddly creatures straight out of a Disney film – but they have a darker side and they’re not afraid to show it.
Just days after attacking a nurse at a beauty spot, Hampshire’s New Forest donkeys are at it again.
Over the weekend the donkeys bit a terrified young girl – the same day as hitting the headlines for chasing and sinking their teeth into a fleeing woman and her daughter.
It belies their fluffy fur, chocolate eyes and lovable long faces evoking memories of children’s favourite Eeyore.
Yet despite their mournful looks and docile demeanour, they harbour a more sinister side far removed from the world of Winnie-the-Pooh. The latest attack came less than an hour after the Daily Echo visited Hatchet Pond to investigate and film them with tourists.
The creatures even waited until the media spotlight was out of their gaze before turning their wrath on visitors feeding ducks at the waterside spot.
It has caused a fierce debate over how people should conduct themselves around animals in the New Forest and calls for tourists to stop feeding them.
Two donkeys were pestering a man for food when one lashed out and bit the girl as she was running past.
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