Sepia Saturday - Donkey Piggy Back

Well last Sepia - Saturday's photo was on the serious side and not to be out done by Kat, I have a donkey entry. I thought I would hit you all with a crazy one this time.

I found this in a bunch of emails my brother-in-law forwards over to me. It was part of a power point slide presentation. I have no clue what that presentation was for but it has some very erie music played on a tin whistle, and begins with a photo of the Russian Army, the last Zsar of Russia, his wife, and son. There must be 50 old photos in the presentation so you all are in for some more from that collection. The photos are from around the early 1900's to the 1940's.

This photo looks like it is a soldier walking through a field. It seems there are two other soldiers in the background, one with a gun. But why is this soldier carrying this donkey? Shouldn't it be the other way around? At the very least that donkey should be carrying some of those soldiers supplies.

Well, one thing is for sure, donkey has a great vantage point. Perhaps he is telling the soldier where the enemy line is!


Does anyone have an idea where this photo is shot?




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Barbara said…
That's the cutest thing I've ever seen. Wouldn't it be great if all soldiers carried donkeys instead of guns !
Martin H. said…
A variation on a theme perhaps. Instead of lions led by donkeys, lions carrying donkeys. Extraordinary!
Barry said…
Fascinating. I love a mystery and this is certainly a mystery. Judging my the robes on the man to the left, it might have been taken in the middle east.

The donkey looks to be young, still I'm not sure how far I'd want to carry him.
Vicki Lane said…
I'm with Barbara! Donkeys, not guns!
Ralph said…
I would imagine that if they had to carry donkeys in Afghanistan or Iraq instead of guns, this whole thing would have been finished by now. Wishful thinking...
Betsy said…
LOL! Forget Kat...I think you've outdone all of us! :)
willow said…
I guess Korean War. Interesting little companion, there!
Christine H. said…
That's so interesting. It was hard to stop looking at it.
PattyF said…
Great photo! Looks like he's just a baby. Maybe he's a war orphan.
OMG what photo! And there set the animals on the backs of men! Over the top. Let us know what you learn!
Alan Burnett said…
Wonderful photograph. Crazy doesn't go halfway to describing it.
The Clever Pup said…
Er, I hate to be a party-pooper but where is the donkey's back end? I think it's photoshopped.
Omid said…
Hello,

Ive seen this photo recently in a local journalist blog in Tehran, Iran.
According to that the soldier is trying to save donkeys life from landmines!
I tried to do some research but with no result. if anyone found anything, just let me know.
Becky Snyder said…
I believe it was in north Africa WWII. Donkey found weak and starving. Soldiers carried it back to base and brought it back to health.
Becky Snyder said…
I believe it was in north Africa WWII. Donkey found weak and starving. Soldiers carried it back to base and brought it back to health.
Vivian said…
WOW what an amazing photo, I just happened to stumble across it and would now love to know if it's real. The photo is beautiful because it has captured the great compassion that soldier has for the donkey in horrible times of war and brutal killings.

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