The donkey was the symbol of the Democratic Party but was replaced with a logo with the letter D.
Donkeys are a type of horse resembling animal that aren't mounted. They are used as pack animals as they can carry a lot, are easily maintained, and are very loyal. They are generally intelligent and can be territorial which is why they are sometimes used as livestock guardians.
The donkey symbol developed from Thomas Nast's political cartoons. Democrats would rather be jackasses than fatasses.
Die-hard Democrats however say the animal represents the humble, homely, smart, courageous and loveable aspects of the party. 
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