Usually thought of as a farm animal in developed countries, the donkey is integral to city life in Morocco. The medinas of the main cities, such as Fes and Marrakech, are narrow and winding. Many look more like alleyways, but are considered streets. Cars, no matter how small, cannot make their way through a medina, and motorbikes cannot always handle the steep terrain. This is why the donkey’s role in Morocco continues, even in these modern times. When a traveler stays at a hotel in the medina, a donkey is the bellhop. When a family moves from one home to another, a donkey is the U-Haul. When someone suffers a medical emergency somewhere in the labyrinth of streets that have survived since Medieval Times, a donkey is now an ambulance.
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