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Donkeys do rubbish job in Algiers

AFP, ALGIERS

After climbing and descending for seven or eight hours, which is exhausting for both collector and donkey, the dawn patrol returns to the stables.

The late shift then takes over. Throughout the day, donkeys and green boiler-suited collectors are a regular sight in the historic district.

There are 52 donkeys in the Kasbah Horse Unit, acquired in the same manner as official vehicles — by public tender, Netcom communications director Nassima Yakoubi said.

Each animal must be in good physical shape, be upwards of 1.5m tall and weigh more than 100kg.

They join the unit aged between four and eight, and have a working life of about 20 years.

You might expect that the animals then enjoy a well-earned retirement, maybe at the zoo.

That is indeed their destination, but not as residents: to the anguish of their former companions the rubbish collectors, the worn out donkeys of the Algiers Kasbah become lunch for lions.

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