Reese adds donkeys to her collection of pets

Last Updated: Dec 19, 2010, 09:19 AM IST

Los Angeles: Her love for tending to hens had earned her the nickname `Chicken Lady` and now Reese Witherspoon has added donkeys to her growing menagerie.

The actress has a veritable zoo at her Los Angeles home and the `Legally Blonde` star introduced the world to her new pets on `The Ellen Degeneres Show`.

The actress told the chatshow host that she enlisted her two children to help clean up after them.

"This year we got donkeys. They`re really cute. That`s Honky, and that`s Tonky. They`re actually miniature donkeys. They`re called donks. They`re docile and sweet. We have a friend who had one and we thought it was really cute," said the 34-year-old actress.

And the actress said that her children, Ava, 11, and son Deacon, 7, whose father is her ex-husband Ryan Phillippe, love having animals around.

"I have two pigs, and I have three goats and I have 20 chickens and of course I have three dogs. And I have one horse. It`s hanging out with the donkey, it`s sweet," said Witherspoon.

"And it`s so good for the kids to learn about animals and kindness and compassion. I make them clean the stalls," said the actress.

PTI