Boneco the beekeeping donkey gets his own suit

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30th Apr 2014
Written by: Rebecca Root

Boneco the beekeeping donkey gets his own suit

You just need to get yourself to Brazil to see it 

So it would seem that hands are out and hooves are in.

After ten years of working as the world’s first donkey beekeeper, Boneco now has his very own bee keeping suit.

While working alongside his unlikely companion, owner, Manuel Juraci, decided to cover his ass and create a custom-made suit to protect Boneco from the stings and it seems to be working…With over 120 other beekeepers in the area Manuel and his four legged friend are amongst the most successful in Itatira, Brazil.

‘The donkey is the only one in the entire Brazil that does this job,’ Mr Juraci, 59, told Brazilian television station, G1 Ceara.

The head-to-toe suit has proved a massive success allowing Boneco to continue his work as without fear of being stung.

Mr Juraci first enlisted the help of Boneco when regular farming was proving too difficult because of the region’s climate. Since then the pair have been working hard to bring in the honey.

He said that it is more than just the suit that makes this mule a success in the world of bee keeping.

‘‘Not to discount the others but Boneco is a faithful friend.”

The design is even drawing attention from the Association of Honey Producers who want to see more from Manuel – or Professor Pardal as he’s known locally.

However, Boneco is not the only furry friend to be modelling such a couture creation. In South Australia, Bazz the black Labrador is doing more than being Josh Kennett’s best friend, and is also wearing a bee-keeping suit.

Mr Kennett, also a beekeeper, trained Bazz to sniff out a certain bee disease named American foulbrood and invented the suit to protect him.

"Detection and quarantine processes are essential to save our bees. I realised that Bazz was able to sniff out the disease, and save thousands of bees – but he didn’t like being around them too much when he was getting stung. So I’ve tried to develop a suit the dog can wear and hopefully avoid being stung."

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