It's another baby donkey!
A big congratulations to young Esmeralda, who gave birth to this adorable itty bitty boy this morning! (You can get to know Esmeralda—who is much smaller than her mother, Dolores—here, and see some of my favorite baby pictures of her here.) Congratulations also go out to proud Donkey Doodle Daddy who is also, ahem, Grandaddy.
Our new mama is ravenous but doing well, and the little
inbred linebred fellow, who thankfully didn't pop out with any extra legs or ears or anything, seems to be doing just fine, too. (This totally unplanned union between father and daughter occurred last summer during a jumping-over-the-fence, nothing we could do about it, moment of unbridled passion.)
Just after our newest addition to the farm was born, an unexpected but extremely welcome thunderstorm blew in, giving us 3/4" of much needed rain—which is why everybody in these photos looks so soggy.
At one point this morning, Joe jokingly (I think) said we should name him Gnat, since he's so small. (I tried to get a picture of the two baby boys together so you could see the huge size difference between them but couldn't.) At first I took offense, but I actually kinda like the name. Then I overheard him saying to the first little guy, "Now we can offically name you Gus, and she can give him one of those other names."
I'm still not sure about Gus as a name for the first guy. I was sweet on Gino for a few days (thanks for the suggestion, Gigi!), but today I realized (duh) that we need to be picking a name that will fit a grown up donkey, not the baby, which is what I'd been doing up to now. Of course then we're faced with the fact that we have no idea what these guys will actually look like when they're grown up. Ack. Maybe Gus would work. I realize I'm probably placing far too much importance on this whole donkey naming thing, but farm life involves hours of mindless work during which there is plenty of time to contemplate such things.
Thank you so much for all the dozens of wonderful 'G' names you've suggested so far. I'm thrilled that now we get to choose two! Because if the first little guy gets to stay, shouldn't this one, too? Which means he also needs to get fixed when the vet comes to visit.
© FarmgirlFare.com, the growing—and totally unable to narrow it down to only six photos for this post as originally planned—foodie farm blog where we're hoping the vet might cut us a deal on Donkey Doodle Dandy and the two little guys all at once. Get it? (Fifteen years ago I never would have.) Sorry, couldn't resist a little bad farm humor.