Donkeys and mules have been used in Egypt to carry heavy loads and people for over 3,000 years. Some were treated like royalty. For example, ten were found buried in a tomb worthy of king. The majority of these animals had a hard working life. They also became the subject of ancient derogatory maxims resulting in slang words we still use today. Around 1,000 BC., their role as transportation was taken over by camels. Most of the three million donkeys in the country now share the same tasks as their ancestors, like this harnessed donkey in Luxor, Egypt.