Harriet the Singing Donkey

Most donkeys make noises that would rouse the demons of Hell, but this Irish specimen, Harriet the Singing Donkey, has a sonorous and mellifluous voice. As BoingBoing reports:

She became an internet sensation when Martin Stanton, who lives not far away and has visited Harriet the donkey regularly for more than a year, posted a video of her singing on Facebook last week.

“She lives about 20 minutes away from me in Toureen, Connemara,” he told ABC News. “I know the family who own her and I bring carrots, bread and ginger nut biscuits. She never hew-haws like other donkeys.”

“I try to visit whenever I can because she is adorable, so friendly and gentle,” he said. “I found the video funny so I just posted it. I didn’t think it would go viral.”

Listen to this lovely voice!

 

h/t: j.j.

20 Comments

  1. Posted October 25, 2018 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    A ululating F# I believe.

    rz

    • nwalsh
      Posted October 25, 2018 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

      Donkeys and goats, animal kingdom’s best.

  2. Posted October 25, 2018 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Then there is this dog who sings on key!

    • Diannaart
      Posted October 25, 2018 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

      Yes, the dog can sing. Ok, maybe it was good editing, but was that (gorgeous) dog following the judges conversation as well?

      • Posted October 26, 2018 at 4:47 am | Permalink

        There was no editing whatsoever, the show was live.

        • Diannaart
          Posted October 26, 2018 at 5:27 am | Permalink

          Well, kudos to the camera person.
          🙂

          • Posted October 26, 2018 at 5:58 am | Permalink

            There are many cameras and camera people. I thought you meant that the editing was of the dog’s voice – which it wasn’t.

            • Diannaart
              Posted October 26, 2018 at 6:26 am | Permalink

              Oh, I understand now. I apologise for my lack of clarity. I was watching the expressions on the dog’s face while the judges were pontificating as the focus switched back and forth.

              That’s where I believed the editing played a part, not the actual performance by the dog.

              ☺️

              • Posted October 26, 2018 at 6:53 am | Permalink

                It isn’t really editing, it is the people in the TV studio’s control room which switch from camera to camera. 🙂

    • Diane G
      Posted October 26, 2018 at 3:28 am | Permalink

      Awww! Thanks for that! 🙂

  3. grasshopper
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    The ‘original’ Donkey Serenade.

    Alan Jones could sure hold a note.

    • grasshopper
      Posted October 25, 2018 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

      OOOOPS!
      This is the correct link

      • rickflick
        Posted October 25, 2018 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

        That’s an amazing guitar. It’s voicing an entire orchestra. Probably a Kurzweil.

        • W.T. Effingham
          Posted October 25, 2018 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

          A Kurzweil Singularity guitar.😬

          • rickflick
            Posted October 25, 2018 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

            Indubitably.

      • Jenny Haniver
        Posted October 25, 2018 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

        For some unaccountable reason, “The Donkey Serenade” was one of the favorite songs of my childhood. I could listen to it for hours.

  4. Posted October 25, 2018 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Might be Marni Nixon.

  5. jpetts
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

  6. Josephine
    Posted October 26, 2018 at 3:15 am | Permalink

    There was once a public house in Norwich, UK, called “The Singing Donkey”. In my time the wooden frame building, after several hundred years, had been converted in a bank. The bank kept the inn sign flying.

    Sadly, the sign was cleaned. The picture turned out to be the pale of horseman (one of the four horses of the apocalypse). Slightly puzzling as a pub.

  7. Terry Sheldon
    Posted October 26, 2018 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    Harriet has better vibrato than I do!!


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