Boneco is believed to be the world’s first beekeeping donkey, wearing his protective suit as he helps his owner, Manuel Juraci, run his business.
Juraci lives in an area of Brazil which is too dry to farm, so about 120 locals in the village of Itatira have turned to beekeeping to earning a living.
Boneco proves handy in carrying the honey back from the hives, and other local beekeepers are said to have asked Juraci to build suits for their donkeys.
Apparently, Juraci is known locally as Professor Sparrow, in reference to a well-known cartoon character who is an inventor.
His skills have not only produced Boneco’s outfit, but also a honey centrifuge and toys for children.
TV Verdes Mares’ video report on Boneco and Juraci can be viewed here. It is in Portugese.