Sunday, August 3, 2014

Two Sweet Donkey Girls

Gabriella and Francesca.  Two summer-sleek sassy donkeys.
Gabba has blossomed the past two years into an affectionate donkey.  She used to be head-shy and stand-offish.  Might we even say bitchy?  She is still the loudmouth in the herd, but now relishes being rubbed and hugged.

Its quite apparent the two girls are more bonded with each other than with Luigi.  (If you're new to the blog, I need to reveal that Gabby is Fran's and Luigi's offspring.)  When I call the three in from the pasture, if one girl starts to come in toward the gate, the other will always follow.  Not so Luigi.
Rick has postulated that they probably will stay bonded unless Gabby is bred.  That would probably break this strong tie.  No plans for that in the near future, but...

Let it be said for the record that the two girls are top notch at harassing Luigi at hay time.  Its necessary for me to make three distinct piles; if I only make two they'll whirl those bee-hinds to push him away.  Time and time again.  When I scold Fran she stands stock still with hay in her mouth, not even chewing, just waiting.  As soon as I relent and rub her back, she resumes eating.

And they do so love their hay!

1 comment:

  1. The donkeys sound very sweet. I need to start feeding my two goats with just a handful of hay each. They have wasted another 12.00 bale in a week's time. The floor is covered. I've tried everything.