An unorthodox Indian music star has won hearts online with her big teeth, lustrous white coat, four legs and melodic braying at mealtime.
Emily, a donkey living at an animal shelter in the city of Pune, became an internet sensation last year after a clip of her “singing” went viral.
Staff at the centre – where cats, dogs, cows and even large buffaloes are cared for – were playing with Emily when she started crooning.
They recorded a video of Emily showing off her vocal range and uploaded it onto their social media page, where it became an instant hit.
“Usually our videos have a lot of sick animals and animals being rescued, and it’s generally heavy and sad,” RESQ Charitable Trust head Jessica Roberts told AFP.
Donkeys and mules are often exploited in many Indian industries, where they are used as beasts of burden in harsh conditions.
Emily’s life has been tough and her road to recovery — and budding musical stardom — has been long.
She was found abandoned on the streets two years ago with a prolapsed uterus and infected wounds.
Roberts said they were inspired by Harriet, a singing donkey from Ireland who also shot to social media fame for her “operatic singing”.