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Inspired by a now-deleted comment from @WadCheber on another question...

Are there donkeys in the Star Wars universe? If not, what's the closest equivalent?

Might look like a silly question, but there are precedents.

Another Star Wars question from the guy who's never seen Star Wars! :-O

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  • Suggestions on what to do with someone who's never seen Star Wars, if forcing them to ride a donkey backwards into the desert with a bucket on their head is out of the question, will also be welcome.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Commented Sep 7, 2015 at 12:49
  • starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Snack-donkey
    – Valorum
    Commented Sep 7, 2015 at 13:35
  • @Richard Think this question is worth keeping around? I'm leaning towards deleting it...
    – Rand al'Thor
    Commented Sep 7, 2015 at 13:37
  • Don't delete it; it's questions like this that make this site quirky! You've got my +1 Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 0:37
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    There is one big ass. He's responsible for the prequel trilogy. Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 3:23

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There are no canon instances of donkeys showing up in any Star Wars works.

However, "Snack-donkeys" are mentioned in the non-canon book Monsters and Aliens from George Lucas.

Additionally, there are horses and ponies in the Legends continuity. There were also many animals similar to horses.

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  • I still don't fully understand the difference between horses and ponies. I thought ponies were just small horses, but apparently some ponies never become horses, even though the species is obviously "horse".
    – Wad Cheber
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 1:29
  • Especially Stone Poneys. Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 2:03
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I'll try to answer, anyway. There are no donkeys in Star Wars universe. But here are other beasts of burden, as donkeys on Earth are used primarily for carriage on undeveloped or some still developing countries.

Dewback
Eopie
Fambaa
Ronto
Tauntaun
Bantha

Among these, Eopie would be the closest equivalent. Quadruped and somewhat "thin" of shape, mostly-humanoid height.

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  • How does this prove that donkeys don't exist?
    – phantom42
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 0:30
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    Because if I were George Lucas or any other author of Star Wars, I would avoid naming a creature I just came up with as "donkey", or "Alderaanian mountain donkey", or "Tatooine Sand Donkey" or "Sullustan Procedural Donkey". How about that? ...Fun aside, none of the published Star Wars guides list donkeys in existence, so it's safe to presume that they really don't exist.
    – VerpinZal
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 0:38
  • “none of the published Star Wars guides list donkeys in existence, so it's safe to presume that they really don't exist” no potential to be taken out of context there, huh? Commented May 11, 2021 at 22:22

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