This is a Donkey Nanny. Each year in the pre-Alpine hills of the
Italian Alps of Lombardy, grazing animals are moved from high pastures
down to the plains. Newborn lambs are unable to make this journey on
their own. Instead they are packed out riding in the pouches of a
specially made saddle on the back of a donkey nanny.
These beautiful babies are taken down at rest stops and returned their mothers for a bite to eat and a bit of nuzzling.
Photo by Elspeth Kinneir, Image via Aventgardens