Yes, he is. Although he is a magical donkey. Let me tell you a story or two. One day three women were traveling through and had read about Apifera. They wanted to meet the animals. One of them, they explained, had suffered a type of stroke, which led her to have to relearn how to speak. She had good days and bad days. They arrived and we were all standing together, with Pino. I watched-without saying anything to the guests- and slowly, Pino sniffed each one, and then went and stood next to the woman with the stroke. She later wrote me that after leaving, she had one of the best speech days yet.
Another story-before Pino lived here, he lived for 2 years with his birth farm, a couple miles away. One day, one of the old dogs died, and the owner had to bury the dog. He securely enclosed the donkeys so they could not arrive out in the pasture where he dug the grave. He dug the grave, and was sitting there mourning a bit, shedding some tears for his old friend-when he felt a silent presence. He turned around and there was Pino. Upon returning to the barn, all the gates were still closed.