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Honky time at home

entertainment Updated: Dec 21, 2010 02:04 IST

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


. The actress told the chat show 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.