Donkeys are not fortunate enough to possess the long flowing luxurious tails of a horse. (And their manes are pretty sparse too.) But those shorter sparser appendages do have a tale to tell.
I have observed two primary functions.
In the warm weather, a donk's tail is the most important tool in fly relief. Well, that and a skin "shiver" to shake them off. And of course there's the mouth grab. So in the summer, those tails will be on active duty almost constantly. Exactly why I always spray fly repellent on tails as well as legs.
I've had friends meet the donks, see the tail wag and react as one would to a dog. They'll assume the donk is happy. Not so. The comparison doesn't hold.
If one of the donks is getting upset with another, one of the body signals is a very rapid movement of the tail. A word to the wise, stand back.
Sometimes there is just a leisurely swish. And to be honest, that one I'm not sure about.
My intent was to show you another donk video from August but that plan went all kerfluey. I recently got a new phone, all photos were transferred but try as I might I can't transfer that video from the phone to the blog. When I see my computer consultant next, I'll bring it up -- yea, you're correct, it's my son...
Huzzah(!), I gave it one last attempt and had success.
Just ignore the ridiculous voice in the background.
Donkeys enjoy wild grape leaves
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I tried a new vegan recipe last night. It looked so promising. But it got less than stellar reviews from my dinner companion so I shan't be sharing it.
Instead let me show you one of my new favorite canned soups, for an easy lunch.
It isn't labeled as vegan, but when I examine the label, I'm not sure why not. So I'm calling it vegan.
And it's quite tasty.