The video of a man singing the opening song of “The Lion King” with his donkey is nothing but pure gold. It went viral on the internet and has gotten viewed over 3 million times.
When Travis Kinley of Sumter, North Carolina, decided to record a funny clip that featured himself, his horse, and donkey, he never thought the donkey would steal the show, and the video would become an internet sensation.
Kinley went viral on social media platforms after he shared a video of himself and his donkey “singing” on Facebook. In the video, the Sumter resident stood in a clearing with his horse and donkey.
He started singing the song “Circle of Life,” from Disney’s “The Lion King,” and after the first Zulu lines came out of his mouth, the donkey started braying loudly along with him.
Although it appeared timed, and in tune, Kinley stopped for a while to get his bearings after which he continued to sing along. He later revealed that he tried to keep singing, but since the situation was hilarious, he ended up bowling over in laughter.
Kinley wrote in the caption which had several emojis:
“Did the Lion King opening, and Nathan joined in with me. I love this guy.”
The viral video has gotten viewed over 3 million times, and its popularity extended to Twitter. One user of the social media platform reacting to the “Singing Donkey” tweeted that Kinley and Nathan should get a recording contract. Another compared the pet animal to a friend with a bad voice but is loved anyway.
Kinley got Nathan after it had troubles with its previous owners. He stated that he got the donkey for $100 and has nothing but high praises for it. In the South Carolina native’s words:
“You can always tell he’s a thinking animal. He’s just playful; that’s his nature.”
The video is the first time the donkey and its owner performed together, and Kinley said he was:
“Blown away because we never do this together. We have never sung together.”
Now that they have, it's not certain it's something they will repeat. But in the meantime, a lot of people are still enjoying what a Facebook user described as, “the best thing I have ever seen.”
Here’s an interesting fact: according to "Donkey Sanctuary," Cyprus, donkeys bray when they are lonely and looking for a companion, excited, or feeling threatened.