Donkey Doodle Dandy (aka Dan) is daddy to Esmeralda, Evie, Fernando, dear departed little Flitta, and at least one more baby on the way (you can meet Dan here and get to know him better here). The problem is that since we kept Esmeralda and Evie (Fernando now lives on another farm), Dan has to be kept separate from the rest of the pack because we don't want him doing it with his daughters which, unfortunately, we think he already did. (This isn't as bad as it sounds; it's called 'line breeding' and often done on purpose—we've done it with sheep—but we would have preferred that it didn't happen, especially while the girls are still so young.)
Dan doesn't know it yet, but plans are in the works to permanently reunite him with The Donkettes—and halt our slightly out of control donkey reproduction train. I'm both sad and glad. There's nothing cuter than a baby donkey, but donkeys are herd animals, and Dan is going to be so much happier when he gets to stop living with the sheep and be reuinted with his
Now I just have to decide if I want to breed him with Dolores one more time first.
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