The Parade of Legs

This problem is adapted from Van De Walle, John (1994), Elementary School Mathematics (2nd Ed.), NY: Longman, pages 40 - 41

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Mary looked out of her farmhouse window and saw a group of pigeons and donkeys passing by. She counted all the legs of the pigeons and donkeys and found that the total number of legs add up to 66. How many of each kind of animals (pigeons and donkeys) passed by her window if the total number of animals is 24?

Number of Donkeys:
Number of Pigeons:


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